Massage Parlor Homicide Suspect Arrested

December 30, 2010

On Tuesday, December 7, 2010, Mesa Police officers responded to a disturbance call at the Taiwan Massage Parlor located at 2653 W. Baseline Road. The owner of the business, Xiaohong Fu (42), was found deceased inside the business from what appeared to be multiple stab wounds. The suspect, described as an Asian male, fled the scene in a white pickup truck prior to police arrival.

Soon after the homicide, the Fusion Center disseminated information about the case to other valley law enforcement agencies. On December 14, 2010, the Gilbert Police Department informed Mesa detectives than on Friday, December 10, 2010, they investigated an armed robbery incident at a Christmas tree lot that may be connected to the Mesa case. This incident involved an armed robbery committed by an Asian male suspect, who was arrested and identified as James Clayton Johnson (27). Johnson matched the description of the suspect provided by witnesses in the Mesa case.

Photo of suspect James JohnsonBased on this information, Mesa Police homicide detectives responded to Johnson's address and located a white pickup truck parked in the driveway. The pickup truck matched the description of the vehicle, captured on the surveillance video, fleeing the homicide scene. Search warrants were served on Johnson's residence and truck.

On December 28, 2010, the Mesa Crime Lab notified investigators that DNA obtained from zip ties left at the scene was entered into the Combined DNA Index System. The DNA obtained from the zip ties matched Johnson's DNA, which had been previously downloaded and stored in the DNA Index System from a prior felony conviction.

On December 29, 2010, investigators attempted to interview Johnson and he claimed that he did not know anything about the incident and requested an attorney. Johnson (shown here in photo) was booked on one count of 1st Degree Murder and one count of Kidnapping.



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