The Cleveland police on Thursday identified the suspect in a four-fold murder that turned the city on Tuesday as the father of the six-year-old boy who was murdered alongside his little sister, their mother, and their neighbor.
Armond Johnson Sr., 26, was charged with assaulted murder after his former girlfriend, Takeyra Collins, 25, was found shot in her burning house in Slavic village.
Collins and Johnson & # 39; s son, Armond Johnson, Jr., six, and the two-year-old daughter of a woman from another relationship, Aubree Stone, were found dead by smoke inhalation as a result of fire that police say the father had put.
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Armond Johnson Sr., 26 (left), is accused of aggravated murder in a four-fold murder that claimed the life of his ex-girlfriend, Takeyra Collins, 25 (pictured with him, right)
Johnson Sr. is accused of setting fire to Collins' house, resulting in the death of his son, Armond Jr., six (right), and her daughter, Aubree Stone, two (left)
David Cousin Jr., 35, was discovered by the police on Tuesday morning around 8 am with gunshot wounds in the head and chest
Collins & # 39; neighbor, David Cousin Jr., 35, was found dead by gunshot wounds in the head and chest in a field near his home.
All four deaths were ruled by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner & # 39; s Office as murders.
Johnson Sr. was arrested several hours after the murders after he appeared at the crime scene to mourn other family members, Cleveland.com.
The 26-year-old was initially arrested on an excellent order resulting from a major armed robbery that took place on March 20, one day after being released from prison in an unrelated case.
The police responded to a call to an open lot on East 63rd Street on Tuesday at 8:00 am where Cousin Jr. was sentenced to death. News 5 reported.
While officers searched the area for witnesses, they saw the bodies of Collins & two children through the window of a nearby house.
Johnson was arrested on an unrelated arrest warrant a few hours after the murders
The police bounced him after he had arrived at the crime scene to mourn with other relaitves
Johnson's arrest warrant arose from an armed robbery on March 20
The building smelled of smoke and the police found instructions for arson, including fuel.
According to police, cousin was not the intended target and he was just in the wrong place and wrong time.
Nephew Jr.'s girlfriend, Denneisha Mapp, said Collins & # 39; mother had told her that Collins complained about a man threatening her on Monday night.
Mapp also said that Cousin Jr. had previously been told about a confrontation in the area.
She said News 19: & # 39; He mentioned some sort of dispute that happened here and the man was arrested. & # 39;
Landlady Annie Dattilo told Fox 8 Cousin Jr. and Collins were her tenants and the couple were neighbors.
& # 39; David has been my tenant for about a year now, he is a very, very friendly person … Takeyra, she has been my tenant since April and she is also, she was also very clean, tidy, very good mother, & # 39; Dattilo told Fox.
Takeyra Collins, 25, (left) was discovered with gunshot wounds through the stomach and back and her children (right) died of carbon monoxide inhalation in a suspected arson attack
The Collins children are on her Facebook page, a friend commented on a photo of the children since the news that they & # 39; stole & # 39; goods
Police say Cousin was murdered after he met Johnson Sr outside his house
Police chief Calvin Williams called the crime & gruesome & # 39; at a press conference on Tuesday.
Ward 12, Counselor Tony Brancatelli, told News 19: & # 39; You can't get any worse than having young children who get involved in a murder like this. & # 39;
Johnson Sr. has a lengthy criminal record that goes back to at least 2012, including a 2014 conviction for domestic violence directed against Collins, who held their son at the time of the attack, then the age of one.
Johnson served in prison for five years after being found guilty in three separate cases with an armed robbery, a burglary and a shooting incident between 2012 and March 2014.
He was released on March 19 and was on conditional release when he reportedly held a clothing store at gunpoint with another man the next day.
His record also includes juvenile court convictions for rape, armed robbery and assault.
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