Police: Robber who killed gas-station attendant nabbed in Camden

Zedrick Johnson, 34, is accused of beating a gas-station attendant to death during a robbery Feb. 11 and two other armed robberies in South Jersey since then. U.S. Marshals arrested him in Camden Friday morning. (Photo: Burlington County Prosecutor's Office)

After a 12-day manhunt, police on Friday morning nabbed a 34-year-old fugitive accused of beating a gas-station attendant to death during a robbery in New Jersey earlier this month.

Zedrick T. Johnson, of Willingboro, N.J., was found in a house on 23rd Street near Howell in Camden, N.J. around 7:45 a.m., according to the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office. U.S. Marshals tracked down Johnson after he was on the lam – and on a holdup spree, according to police – for nearly two weeks since the murder.

Police say Johnson robbed a Lukoil station at Route 130 north and Charleston Road in Willingboro Feb. 11 and beat attendant Bal Krishna Karki to death in the process. Karki’s body was found by a customer around 2:30 a.m. that morning.

The next day, police said, Johnson struck again at a convenience store in Willingboro, pretending he had a firearm and demanding money from the cash register. No one was injured in that robbery, and Johnson fled in the victim’s car.

On Feb. 20, he held up a National Fuel gas station at Route 130 north and Tenby Chase Drive in Delran, threatening the attendant with a knife and demanding money, authorities said. He punched the attendant in the face before taking the money and leaving, cops said.

Johnson is charged with murder, armed robbery and related offenses. He’s scheduled to appear in court in Burlington County Monday.

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