The man who allegedly shot lifeless Long Island dad Paul Kutz throughout Family Weekend at upstate Marist College was reportedly a key suspect in a recent murder case — in addition to a fugitive needed on gun and drug fees.
Roy Johnson, 35, who’s charged with murder in the dying of the father-of-three at a Courtyard by Marriott resort in Poughkeepsie, was issued an arrest warrant in July by the sheriff’s office in Fulton County, Georgia after he allegedly skipped court docket, WNBC reported.
Johnson had been scheduled to look on felony gun and cocaine-dealing fees.
The following month, the suspect was investigated in the Poughkeepsie space as a key suspect in a gang-related murder, legislation enforcement sources informed the information outlet.
Authorities needed to arrest Johnson however the district legal professional and others allegedly needed to attend for DNA and fingerprint proof to return again, leaving him free to wander the streets for a number of months, WNBC reported, citing a number of sources.
Meanwhile, it was unclear why officers didn’t act on the warrant issued by the Fulton County sheriff’s office throughout the investigation, the outlet stated.
“There may absolutely be a good reason why the arrest wasn’t made, but as a result of not effecting that arrest, there was a loss of life,” Wilbur Chapman, the previous NYPD chief of patrol, informed WNBC.
“So there has to be an explanation as to why the arrest was not effected,” he added.
The Town of Poughkeepsie informed the station that its police power was unaware of the warrant till after Johnson was arrested in the Sunday taking pictures.
It added that police didn’t have any open murder or theft investigations with Johnson or Devin Taylor, who was additionally arrested in the Marriott taking pictures and charged with two counts of weapons possession.
Town of Poughkeepsie police Lt. Jason Burger informed WNBC that “the last date of contact for our department with Johnson was in 2019, prior to the issuance of the warrant.”
A rep for the City of Poughkeepsie police, which is separate from the city, informed the outlet that the August murder stays beneath investigation.
The Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office and the county sheriff’s office didn’t instantly reply to WNBC’s calls and emails on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, cops beforehand revealed that they later discovered bomb-making supplies and a “ghost gun” rifle in the suspects’ room on the Poughkeepsie resort.
Kutz was in the resort foyer simply grabbing a cup of espresso and preparing to take a look at when he was killed, horrified neighbors informed The Post on Tuesday.
“He went up for parents’ weekend. That’s how it happened, he went to the lobby to get coffee, to check out. Wrong place, wrong time,” Ken Farrell, the next-door neighbor of the slain dad, stated from his East Northport dwelling.