After New Orleans police caught a man inside the house of a Carrollton woman who was tied up and raped at gunpoint, the suspect confessed and gave up his two accomplices in a separate home invasion at the home of Tulane students a week prior, police said in arrest reports.
James Johnson, 22, who was arrested Wednesday, told police he and his little brother, Aaron Johnson, 17, and their sister's boyfriend, Kevin Jones, 19, all committed a separate home invasion, the reports say.
The three are now accused of tying up two women at gunpoint inside their home in the 7800 block of Panola around 5:25 p.m. on April 4. A third woman was upstairs at the time; all three were Tulane students. The suspects stole a computer, cell phones and credit cards, police said.
Around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday (April 9), a witness called police reporting an armed intruder and a woman's screams at a house in the 7300 block of Hickory Street. In response to a spate of home invasions in the area, extra police had been assigned there, so four officers were able to respond immediately, police said.
When they arrived at the house, officers found James Johnson shirtless in the woman's bedroom with her naked. She told police she had just been tied up, raped and robbed at gunpoint, the arrest report says.
While sitting handcuffed in the back of a police car outside, Johnson "continuously stated he wanted to talk to the detectives about his current incident and a prior incident," the record states. He described the earlier crime in detail, and said his little brother and sister's boyfriend were his accomplices, police said.
Detectives John Castelin and William Mullaly found Aaron Johnson and Kevin Jones at the Johnson's listed address at 9311 Forshey St. The detectives said they several of the stolen items were found there. The record notes the victims described Aaron Johnson "exactly down to the length of his hair."
Aaron Johnson and Kevin Jones were booked on counts of armed robbery, false imprisonment and aggravated burglary. Their bonds were set at $500,000. Jones was also booked on a count of possession of marijuana, for which bond was set at additional $5,000. Bond for James Johnson, who was also booked with aggravated rape, was set at $1 million.