An Indiana man allegedly robbed and killed Detroit citizens used online dating apps to target members of the LGBTQ community, Detroit Free Press reported.
Diabolique Paris Johnson, 34, was arrested in Indianapolis and extradited to Michigan to face charges of first-degree murder and armed robbery.
There is no hate-crime statute based on sexual orientation in Michigan.
According to the Michigan Department of Attorney General, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Johnson with the assistance of the Fair Michigan Justice Project (FMJP). FMJP is a program that assists Michigan law enforcement officers and prosecutors in solving serious crimes against LGBTQ persons.
On Sept. 1, 2020, Johnson reportedly committed an armed robbery of a 26-year-old man, of Detroit, that occurred at a hotel in Dearborn, Michigan. It is alleged that the man had his personal property taken during the robbery. The defendant was not in custody when he was charged with one count of armed robbery on Sept. 21, 2020.
On Sept. 5, 2020, Johnson allegedly murdered a 39-year-old man, of Detroit, during an armed robbery in Detroit. Prosecutors have charged Johnson with one count of first-degree felony murder and one count of felony firearm.