Monday, July 21, 2014
Search warrant: Surveillance camera missing at Bristol Twp. murder scene
Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Joshua Johnson recently purchased a surveillance camera that he mounted outside his Winder Village home, overlooking the front door.
But when Bristol Township police went looking for the camera after Johnson and two men were shot there, all they found was an empty camera mount and a broken wire hanging, according to a search warrant filed in the July 8 shooting.
In the weeks since the triple shooting that left Johnson and another man dead, police have released little information about their ongoing investigation, which was initially described as a possible home invasion. But a search warrant filed the day of the murders provides new details into the gruesome crime scene.
According to the warrant, a Winder Drive resident called 911 shortly after 12:30 a.m. to report a man was at his front door claiming he was shot. The resident recognized the wounded man as someone who hung out at Johnson’s home.
When police arrived they found Lamel Duffy, 24, of Middletown, lying on the front porch of the home bleeding profusely. He was wearing only black underwear, but police later found a bloody T-shirt on the front porch, according to the warrant.
Duffy was conscious. He had a gunshot wound to his back. He told police that he was shot at Johnson’s home at 913 Winder Drive.
Duffy told police the shooters wore masks, according to the warrant. He was taken to Aria Health’s Torresdale campus in critical condition; his current condition was not immediately available Sunday.
At Johnson’s home, police found a Chevy Impala with a Pennsylvania license plate parked in the driveway. A check of PennDOT records found no registered owner, according to the warrant.
The driver’s side door of the Impala was open and a large amount of blood was on and around the car, the warrant said. Also found in the driveway was a pair of black pants with blood stains.
Officers followed a blood trail to the front door and inside Johnson’s home. The front screen door was closed, but the security door was open, revealing the living room. Inside, police found a strong odor of burnt marijuana had a “heavy” amount of lingering marijuana smoke in the living room, the warrant said.
Police also found multiple bags and containers of suspected marijuana, along with a floor safe, a box of .44 magnum ammunition with six bullets missing and almost $1,900, according to the warrant.
After entering the home, police found Tyrone Moss, 31, of Bristol Township, face down on the living room floor. His hands were tied behind his back. Police later retrieved several plastic zip-ties in the home.
Moss was unconscious and unresponsive and later pronounced dead at the scene; officers saw a spot of blood on the back of his shirt close to his neck. On a couch near Moss, two fired .40-caliber casing shells were found, according to the warrant.
Johnson, who used a wheelchair after friends said he was paralyzed in a robbery, was found on the dining room floor. He was also unresponsive, but alive, with a gunshot wound to the back of his head. He was taken to Aria Torresdale, where he was placed on life support and died a day later.
Police retrieved a fired bullet; a .40-caliber shell casing was found on the floor near him along with a pair of latex gloves, the warrant said.
Shortly before 2 a.m., police noticed a second car, a white Acura Vigor with Pennsylvania plates. It was parked against the flow of traffic on the street in front of Johnson’s home, according to the warrant.
What appeared to be two smeared bloody handprints were found on the hood.
But like the Impala, a PennDOT check found no registered owner listed, according to the warrant.