The accused shooter in the slaying of New York father Paul Kutz, who was gunned down in the lobby of a Courtyard Marriott hotel while visiting his son at Marist College for Family Weekend, is being probed for another local murder, according to a new report.
Ex-con Roy Johnson Jr., 35, was arrested at the scene for second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon for the random killing of the 53-year-old father of three in Poughkeepsie Sunday morning.
Police told the Mid-Hudson News that Johnson was present at another homicide Aug. 9 when Darren Villani, 28, was fatally shot in his car at the intersection of Mansion Street and Bement Avenue.
City of Poughkeepsie Police Captain Rich Wilson said that detectives determined that Johnson, who is homeless, was at the intersection of Mansion and Smith streets at approximately 1:45 a.m.
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City of Poughkeepsie Police did not immediately return a request for comment on the matter.
Wilson told the local outlet that police had been trying to locate Johnson for questioning after learning he had several warrants for drug and weapon possession charges out of Georgia.
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“The identities and locations of witnesses, persons of interest, and suspects have proven challenging and difficult to ascertain, including the location of Roy A. Johnson,” Wilson said. “Multiple sources have indicated that Roy A. Johnson had been eluding police through transient stays at unspecified hotels including hotels in multiple states outside of New York.”
Police finally tracked down Johnson when they responded to reports of a shooting at 7:29 a.m. at the Courtyard Marriott on South Road near Evergreen Avenue about four miles from Marist College.
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Police found Kutz in the lobby with gunshot wounds to his chest and torso, and he was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Johnson and Devin Taylor, 26, who were staying at the suburban hotel, were arrested at the scene.
The men were allegedly smoking a “PCP-like substance” in a hotel room when Johnson went downstairs for coffee and began bickering with people he encountered there, according to NBC4 New York.
Poughkeepsie Police Chief Joseph Cavaliere said at a press conference Monday that Johnson intended to shoot Kutz but did not know him and called the murder a “random act.”
Johnson was ordered held without bail. Taylor was hit with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon for carrying a loaded rifle with no serial number and ordered held on $1 million bond, court records show.
Authorities found bomb-making materials and manuals in the hotel room the men were sharing, officials said.
Both men are slated to appear in court Wednesday, as a grand jury weighs indictments against them, according to News12 Westchester.
Johnson was previously convicted of robbery and burglary and spent years in prison, New York State Department of Correction and Community Supervision records show.
Taylor also served a stint in prison on a felony burglary conviction.
The shooting of Kutz came as the school celebrated Family Weekend – an opportunity for families to get to know the campus through sports and entertainment activities.
Kutz, of Northport, Long Island, owned an accounting and financial planning firm.