Arizona Man Charged With Fatally Stabbing Roommate Before Setting Apartment Burning

An Arizona man is charged with murdering his roommate and setting fire for their apartment in order to destroy the crime scene, based on police.

Ishmael Kojo Abor Johnson, 32, was arrested on Saturday in the scene of a hearth near 51st Avenue and Encanto Boulevard in west Phoenix, based on Fox 10 Phoenix. When firefighters and officials using the Phoenix Police Department reported towards the burning apartment around 3:00 p.m., Johnson was trying to released the flames.

A 33-year-old unknown male victim was discovered dead inside “with apparent indications of trauma,” stated police. Based on Fox 10, government bodies found Johnson covered in bloodstream.

“Ismael [sic] told investigators he didn’t touch the victim however, bloodstream [was] discovered on his hands, calves, ft,” court papers acquired through the outlet read. “Blood spatter was discovered on a set of basketball shorts Ishmael was putting on.”

Following the fire was extinguished, first responders joined the house plus they found the victim facedown in the bed room, based on ABC 15 Arizona. The victim was introduced in to the family room, where it had been discovered he’d endured an evident stab wound to his neck.

He died a short while later, based on AZ Central.

Government bodies found a bloody butcher knife along with a gas can within the victim’s bed room. AZ Central reports that Johnson accepted to investigators the gas can belonged to him but stated he’d nothing related to the victim’s dying. He also confirmed to government bodies he and also the victim were the only real ones home once the fire began.

Johnson told police he and also the victim had contended within the victim’s lack of ability to pay for rent and also the living conditions of the house, including how dirty the roommate left the apartment, based on AZ Central. Johnson allegedly claimed the victim then entered his bed room and closed the doorway behind him.

About fifteen minutes later, Johnson told police he heard a loud noise from the victim’s bed room.

The victim’s door was locked.

“Ishmael forced entry in to the bed room,” court papers mentioned. “As the doorway was opened up, Ishmael mentioned the victim banded space, engulfed in flames.”

That’s when Johnson stated he ran outdoors and known as for help before coming back towards the kitchen to fill a bucket water to released the fireplace.

“Evidence in the scene, in addition to interviews conducted, brought detectives to arrest Mr. Johnson,” stated Phoenix Police Sgt. Vincent Cole, based on Fox 10.

Court public records reflect that Johnson continues to be billed with second-degree murder, arson and tampering with evidence. He’s scheduled to look for any preliminary hearing on April 12.

His bail continues to be set at $a million, based on AZ Central.

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