Springfield law enforcement officers say drug suspect had reinforced door

SPRINGFIELD - According to Springfield law enforcement officers, a drug suspect arrested last week had barricaded himself inside his home behind windows covered with plywood, a door reinforced with iron bars, and a back door rigged to deliver an electric shock.

Robert Johnson Jr., 55, was arrested on Thursday.  Springfield authorities say Johnson is a suspected crack cocaine dealer.  Along with various drug-related offenses, Johnson was also charged Friday with criminal fortification of a residence.

Sangamon County State's Attorney John Milhiser says the criminal fortification charge applies when a suspect's intent is to prevent a law enforcement officer's entry into a residence.

The alleged criminal fortifications in this case includes a back door connected to a battery that would deliver an electric shock to anyone who tried to open it.

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