Armond Johnson Sr. has not been formally charged in the Tuesday killings, but he was booked in the Cuyahoga County Jail on aggravated murder charges, according to jail records.
Cleveland Municipal Court personnel said Thursday that his hearing on the domestic violence charge and a separate aggravated robbery case was pushed back because more charges will be filed against him.
Police said on Wednesday that a man was “booked” into the jail on aggravated murder charges. Officials said they would release more information Thursday afternoon.
Cleveland police officers arrested Johnson at the crime scene Tuesday, after he showed up to join grieving family members.
Officers took him into custody on a warrant stemming from an armed robbery that happened March 20, just one day after he was released from prison in yet another criminal case. The aggravated murder charge was later added the list of charges, jail records show.
Johnson’s ex-girlfriend, Takeyra Collins, was shot to death in her home on East 63rd Street near Fleet Avenue. Collins was shot in the stomach and back, police said. A Cleveland Municipal Court judge granted a protection order barring Johnson from being near Collins in the 2013 domestic violence case.
Johnson’s son Armond Johnson Jr., 6, and the boy’s sister Aubree Stone, 2, died of smoke inhalation in the home, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner determined.
A 35-year-old neighbor, David Cousin, was shot in the head and chest, police said.
No one called police to report the shooting, but someone called 911 about 8 a.m. Tuesday after they found Cousin dead in a field near his and Collins’ homes, according to police dispatch reports.
Officers were investigating Cousin’s death when they smelled smoke coming from Collins’ nearby home. They looked inside and saw the two dead children, police said.
Officers then broke in through a door and found a small fire in the home, along with Collins’ body, police said.
Collins worked as a house cleaner and raised her children, family members said. Armond Jr. liked the video game Fortnite, and both children liked Pokemon, their uncle said. Aubree also liked princesses.
Cousin owned his own home remodeling company and was well-liked by his employees, family members and friends said.
Johnson is charged in an unrelated March 20 armed robbery that resulted in the warrant for his arrest.
He and another men ordered an employee to the ground at gunpoint before they stole 50 pairs of Victoria’s Secret leggings, 16 pairs of Adidas leggings, three fur coats and 10 Nike windbreakers from Urban Thrift Clothing Store on Clark Avenue near West 50th Street, court records say.
The robbers stole $200 and the employee’s car keys before they ordered him into a back bathroom, court records say. They then drove off in the employee’s car.
Johnson has several felony and misdemeanor convictions on his record, including a 2014 domestic violence conviction for attacking Collins as she held their then-1-year-old son.
Collins said at the time that she’d been in a relationship with Johnson for three years, but she broke up with him a month before the Dec. 16, 2013 attack, police reports say.
She told police they broke up because Johnson had attacked her “on multiple occasions.” After their break-up, he would often walk into her home because he knew her side door was broken.
Collins came home from work Dec. 16, 2013 and found Johnson asleep in her bed. She left him there in order to avoid conflict that night, but confronted him the next morning, police reports say.
Johnson became enraged when Collins told him to leave, and the two argued. Collins was holding her son when Johnson punched her in the head, knocking her back on her bed. She bounced up off the bed and Johnson again punched her in the head, police reports say.
Armond Jr. began crying and his father “mugged” their son in the face and left, police reports say.
Johnson never showed up for court in that case. A protection order granted by then-Cleveland Municipal Judge Ed Wade barred him from going near Collins.
The incident was the first of two times Collins had contact with the Cuyahoga County’s Department of Children and Family Services. The second contact happened June 17, less than a month before she was killed.
County officials said DCFS received a referral that Collins was a victim of domestic violence. They referred her and her children to domestic violence services, officials said.
Collins was also the victim of another attack at the hands of a different boyfriend, police reports say.
In October 2018, Collins reported the man forced her to withdraw $50 from a downtown Cleveland bank, then attacked her by scratching her back and biting her. He also smashed her phone to the ground, according to police reports.
She was also the victim of a violent carjacking in August 2018, police reports say.
Johnson spent five years in prison after being convicted in three separate cases. He was released from prison March 19, the day before the Urban Thrift robbery.
He robbed a woman at gunpoint March 10, 2014 on Noble Road in East Cleveland, then shot at her and a man as he ran off. Four days later, he shot a man in the back at a Popeye’s chicken restaurant on Euclid Avenue in East Cleveland.
Johnson also pleaded guilty to breaking into a woman’s home Oct. 2, 2012 and stealing video games, a laptop computer, cash and a television.
His criminal history also includes two convictions for selling marijuana near schools, and juvenile court convictions for armed robbery, rape and felonious assault, court records say.
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