New police body camera video obtained exclusively by CBS4 shows what could have been a deadly encounter between two South Miami police officers and a driver who refused to stop her car, striking both of them.
Police said the suspect was fleeing a doctor’s office where she and a friend had gone to get a consultation about plastic surgery.
Dr. Jose M. Soler-Baillo, a plastic surgeon, said, “She actually came into the office 2 years ago and we had an issue and ended up losing $12,000. It involved a problem with a credit card used for cosmetic procedures.”
He said one of his employees noticed that there had been problems with her in the past and police said another employee noticed something suspicious about the credit card she was using.
As officers were gathering details, Johnson fled the office wearing a patient gown.
The body cam video shows officers rushing out of the building to stop. You hear one of the officers saying, “She’s getting in the car.”
She was driving a 2014 grey Mercedes CLA250 with a Florida license tag of EYFU26. She fled the area eastbound on SW 72nd Street and then possibly northbound on SW 52nd Avenue.
Dr. Soler-Baillo said, “I call this the price of beauty. It is the pressure of people wanting to look good. If they don’t have the funds to do it they commit the crimes for the procedure. It is unfortunate because now what was a case of fraud has turned into a big deal.”
No shots fired and a week later, she is under arrest.
Johnson, with new blonde locks, locked up Monday afternoon after she surrendered to police.
She is charged with two counts of aggravated battery on a police officer.
Police say Johnson has a long criminal history. She’s held on a $21 thousand bond.