DETROIT – An Indianapolis man has been charged in a Detroit murder in which the victim allegedly was targeted as a member of the LGBTQ community through an online dating app.
Diabolique Paris Johnson, 34, has been charged with first-degree felony murder and felony firearm in Wayne County, prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Wednesday.
It is alleged that Johnson murdered a 39-year-old Detroit man during an armed robbery at a location in the 16800 block of Woodbine Street in Detroit on Sept. 5, 2020.
Johnson was previously charged with armed robbery of a 26-year-old Detroit man in the 24130 block of Michigan Avenue in Dearborn on Sept. 1, 2020, but he was never taken into custody.
It is alleged that the victims in both cases were targeted on online dating apps because they were members of the LTGBQ community.
The charges were made with the assistance of the Fair Michigan Justice Project (FMJP), a program that assists Michigan law enforcement officers and prosecutors in solving serious crimes against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender persons.
“I’m proud to stand with Prosecutor Worthy and the Fair Michigan Justice Project to announce these charges today. It’s my hope that this case marks the beginning of a long partnership focused on providing justice to some of our most vulnerable communities,” Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement.
Police officers from Dearborn, Detroit, and Indianapolis investigated which led to Johnson’s arrest in Indianapolis. He was extradited from Indiana and arraigned on the Dearborn charge in 18th District Court in Dearborn.
A probable cause conference is scheduled for March 12 and a preliminary examination is scheduled for March 19. He is expected to be arraigned in 36th District Court in Detroit on Thursday.
“It is troubling that the perpetrator of these vicious acts apparently used online dating apps to locate and target his victims,” said Fair Michigan President Alanna Maguire in a statement. “Michigan’s LGBTQ communities know that the Fair Michigan Justice Project, along with Michigan’s county prosecutors and law enforcement officials, stand ready to aggressively investigate and prosecute these brutal crimes.”