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Roy Johnson, one of the men arrested for fatally shooting an accountant and father-of-three Paul Kutz at a Poughkeepsie hotel on October 2, was reportedly a person of interest in a previous murder, the New York Post reported.
Roy Johnson is 35 years old.
DETAIL OF INCIDENCE:
The New York man accused of killing a Marist College father visiting his freshman son stormed into a Marriott Courtyard lobby wearing a ski mask, “Army-green” jacket, and boxer shorts before opening fire with a fully automatic handgun, according to an indictment released Tuesday.
Police found tactical gear, IED literature, ammunition, and a “flash bang” grenade in their hotel room, which a third party had booked, the court filings reveal.
Roy Johnson, the alleged gunman and an ex-con who was wanted for questioning in a previous murder, is accused in the unprovoked shooting death of Paul Kutz, an accountant, and father of three who was staying in Poughkeepsie, New York, attending Marist’s family weekend.
Last week, a grand jury indicted Johnson and another suspect, Devin Taylor. Dutchess County prosecutors released the documents Tuesday.
Johnson is accused of walking into the hotel lobby on October 2 with an automatic pistol before an outburst at the coffee bar, which involved “cursing and yelling while pacing,” according to the documents.
He was carrying “a loaded, operable Glock Model 17…which had been outfitted with a fixed pin to render it fully automatic,” the indictment against him reads.
After a clerk stopped him from trying to get behind the front desk, according to the indictment, he turned around and allegedly shot Kutz in the chest.
According to the indictment, the bullet tore through his heart, lungs, and liver and broke one of his ribs before exiting his back. He died within minutes.
Johnson allegedly continued firing “numerous rounds” in the lobby and another 22 outside the building. According to the indictment, he put down the gun, took off his mask and jacket, and left them with an electronic device in the parking lot. He went back inside, where responding officers arrested him.
Johnson faces one count of second-degree murder and two firearms charges.
Taylor, the second suspect, faces three firearms charges – including one for allegedly possessing a fully automatic 5.56 rifle with no serial number. The indictments also reveal that an unidentified third party had booked the hotel room for Taylor.
Investigators also said they found “improvised munitions handbooks,” ammunition, “one model fbg6 flash bang,” and a smoke canister in the men’s hotel room.
As officers closed in on Taylor in the hotel courtyard, he allegedly ditched a Walther handgun behind bushes before he surrendered. Police recovered it at the scene, according to a bill of particulars filed with the indictments.
Both have prior felony convictions.
Arraignments for both suspects were scheduled for Friday, October 14, at 9:15 a.m. ET.
Officials have described Kutz, an accountant who owned a financial planning firm, as an innocent bystander in a “random” shooting. There were “no ties” between the victim and the gunman, Poughkeepsie Police Chief Joseph Cavaliere told reporters during a news conference last week.
“The suspect did not know the victim,” Cavaliere went on. “This, we believe, was a random act.”
Law enforcement in the nearby city of Poughkeepsie, which is separate from the town, have accused Johnson of being present at a previous homicide on August 9 involving a man named Darren Villani. Police had for months been seeking to question Johnson in connection with the murder.
The attack came on a weekend when Marist parents flocked to Poughkeepsie to visit their freshman student children. Many booked their rooms months in advance and paid top dollar to be close to campus.