Indiana man was lookout in Detroit slaying of gay man, prosecutor says
An Indiana man accused of luring gay men into metro Detroit motels through a dating app and then robbing them was charged on Friday in connection with the murder of one of the robberies.
Diabolique Paris Johnson was tried in the 36th District Court on Friday for murder and first degree firearms crimes and dismissed on September 5 at Block 16800 of Woodbine, Detroit, for the murder of a 39-year-old man.
“Mr Johnson, along with another person, met the victim with the intent of robbing them, and it appears that the deceased on the matter was killed in the course of that robbery,” LaDonna Logan, the Friday prosecutor, said during the trial. “Mr. Johnson admitted to being the lookout in this case.”
The victim’s name was not published.
Johnson was charged Tuesday in Dearborn in connection with robbing a 26-year-old man on September 1 at a motel on the 24100 block of Michigan Avenue.
“He lured the victim into a hotel and robbed them while he was at the hotel,” Logan said. “Mr. Johnson admitted to having committed this robbery.”
Johnson’s attorney said his client had no previous criminal convictions and that his client “never” made confessions about the crimes.
Prosecutors say that in both cases, victims targeted online dating apps because they were members of the LGBTQ community. No further details on the cases were released on Friday.
Johnson will appear in court on March 18 for a conference on probable reasons and preliminary investigation on March 25 before 36th District Judge Roberta Archer.