Jonothan Lawson Booking Photo

Jonothan Lawson (source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man was arrested early Friday morning after police said he robbed a smoke shop, near the Springhurst Towne Center and left the scene in a stolen SUV.

Louisville Metro Police said officers responded just before 9 o'clock Thursday night to the Cloud 9 Smoke Shop on Fischer Park Drive on a holdup report. The victim told officers that Jonothan Lawson, 28, entered the business, showed a small handgun and demanded everyone get on the floor.

Police said Lawson went through the pockets of the victim and found the key to a Range Rover. According to the arrest report, he told everyone to stay still "or he was going to kill them."

The gun used in the robbery was stolen from a car on Champions Trace Lane off Newburg Road, police said. Surveillance video appears to show Lawson breaking into a car and taking the gun and other items, according to the arrest report.

Police said Lawson then left the scene in the Range Rover and was spotted on Accomack Drive, not far from Chamberlain Lane. Victims told officers Lawson fired once at their car, causing it to break down.

Then, police said, Lawson continued into Norton Commons. A third police report says he fired shots on Kings Crown Drive.

"It was just insane," said Wesley Williams, witness.

Williams said a normally peaceful night in Norton Commons ended with neighbors running for their lives and dodging bullets. He says it started when Lawson crashed into another driver.

Williams said, "We were sitting in the golf cart. There was another family and we were talking to them and we were like, 'what the heck just happened' and they were like, 'that guy just rammed him and then pulled a gun on him.'"

"When the guy whose truck was t-boned just took off, that's when I realized, well, he's not leaving the scene for just no reason," said Chris Calamita, witness.

"Once we got to the garage, six more shots went off and I thought, like, these guys are fighting now," said Williams.

Williams and his family took cover inside, but he could still hear and see the drama outside.

"I went to my window and watched him come up the street and was on the phone with the operator...911 operator," explained Williams. "And I said, there's a guy out here just shooting."

Another neighbor heard the commotion and came outside.

"So, as soon as he came out, the guy just started shooting at him and so, Jesse ran across the street and started hiding in that bush over there," explained Williams. "And then about two minutes later, this jogger comes by and Jesse was like, 'dude, stop!' And he started shooting at the jogger and the jogger was just kind of ducking."

That jobber was Calamita. He said, "I don't know where he was shooting when I first ran passed him. Must have been four or five shots, total."

Witnesses say, Lawson shot up several cars and before leaving the scene but luckily no one was injured.

"I don't even know how that's possible," said Williams. 

Because like I said, Jesse was no more than three feet away from the guy, and he has four or five bullet holes in the truck ,where he was trying to shoot at Jesse or kill him."

Police eventually arrested Lawson at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course. Some neighbors are still shaken but glad Lawson is off the streets. "Knowing that they got him, yeah, I do feel better," said Calamita.

Lawson is facing numerous charges, including first-degree robbery, theft and wanton endangerment.

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