Rutgers standout football player Tejay Johnson arrested for assault in Egg Harbor Township

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Submitted/Tejay Johnson, 21, of Egg Harbor Township Submitted/Tejay Johnson, 21, of Egg Harbor Township

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Rutgers University football standout and former Egg Harbor Township High School football star Tejay Johnson, 21, was arrested on assault charges by the Egg Harbor Township Police Department on June 19, the department confirmed to the EHTCurrent on Friday, Sept. 13.

The junior Scarlet Knights defensive back was arrested by Detective Richard Vogt and charged with robbery, aggravated assault and criminal restraint for his involvement in an incident in Egg Harbor Township. Since his arrest, the criminal charges have been remanded from Atlantic County Criminal Court to municipal court. He is scheduled to appear in Egg Harbor Township Municipal Court on Tuesday, Sept. 24 on a lesser simple assault charge. 

The initial police report from the incident listed the arrests of four other people for the same case:

Krystal Charlotte Johnson, 30, was arrested by Vogt and Officers Shawn Owen and Katrina Cantell and charged with robbery by force, aggravated assault, criminal restraint and luring.

Also arrested on June 19 were Kenzi S. Johnson, 21; Winston J. Rolls, 22, and Stephan L. Johnson Jr., 20, all of Egg Harbor Township who were also charged with robbery by force, aggravated assault and criminal restraint. 

The arrests came after police received a report of an alleged aggravated assault and robbery, according to Public Information Officer Robert Gray. The 35 year-old victim reported that he was held against his will, beaten by several suspects and had the contents of his pockets stolen at a residence on Gallant Fox Lane in the Bargaintown section of the township, Gray stated.

Krystal Johnson owns a home on Gallant Fox Lane, according to township tax records.

The victim was treated for his injuries at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Campus in Atlantic City.                                                            

Johnson graduated from Egg Harbor Township High School in 2010. He was redshirted by Rutgers for the 2011 season. In 2012, he played in all 13 games, recording 11 tackles and was a member of the Big East All-Academic Football Team.

Prior to joining the Scarlet Knights, he spent one season at Fork Union Military Academy and was a three-year letter winner and a three-year starter at Egg Harbor Township High School.

Johnson was considered one of the elite athletes in New Jersey coming out of the prep ranks in 2009 and was also considered the fastest player in the state after winning the 100-meter Meet of Champions race (10.67 seconds) as a junior. He is in his sophomore year of eligibility for Rutgers.

In a written statement issued by the Rutgers Athletic Department, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood said he was monitoring the proceedings.

“We are aware of the situation and the fact that the initial charges were reduced. We will not comment further until the legal process is complete,” Flood stated.


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