Man faces murder charge, accused of using dating apps to target Metro Detroit LGBTQ community
Wayne County Attorney Kym Worthy announced the murder and armed robbery of a 34-year-old Indianapolis man on Wednesday.
Diabolique Paris Johnson, 24, was indicted on Tuesday in two separate cases beginning in September, according to a discharge from Worthy’s office.
Prosecutors said Johnson armed a 26-year-old Detroit resident on September 1 at a Dearborn hotel on Block 24130 on Michigan Avenue. Johnson is charged with stealing personal property from the man during the robbery. Johnson was not in custody when he was charged with armed robbery on September 21st.
On September 5, Johnson reportedly killed a 39-year-old man during an armed robbery on the 16800 block of Woodbine, Detroit. Prosecutors in the incident charged Johnson with a number of first degree offenses and a number of criminal offenses.
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In both cases, the victims were approached online on dating apps because they were members of the LTGBQ community, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Further details and evidence in the case will be included in the preliminary investigation in court, the office said.
An investigation by the Dearborn, Detroit and Indianapolis police resulted in Johnson’s arrest. He was extradited from Indiana and was due to arrive in Michigan later Wednesday.
Johnson is expected to face charges of armed robbery in Dearborn in the 18th Dearborn District Court on Wednesday. According to court records, he will be charged with murder and armed robbery in Detroit Thursday in Detroit’s 36th District Court.
The prosecution has partnered with the Fair Michigan Justice Project, which helps Michigan law enforcement agencies solve crimes against the LTGBQ community.
Fair Michigan president Alanna Maguire described the use of dating apps for victims as “troubling”.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel set up a hate crimes division in her office in 2019 to investigate and prosecute hate crimes that include victims who are affected because of their race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity are. As part of that department, Nessel has offered state attorneys assistance in prosecuting hate crimes.
The Johnson case is the first joint venture between the AG office and the Wayne County Attorney’s Office.
“I am proud to be working with District Attorney Worthy and the Fair Michigan Justice Project to publicize these charges today,” Nessel said in the press release. “I hope this case marks the beginning of a long partnership focused on bringing justice to some of them.” our most vulnerable communities. ”
Worthy said she hired Wayne County’s assistant prosecutor LaDonna Logan to work with the Fair Michigan Justice Project on these cases.