Byron Johnson is accused of being one of three people who shot Sandy Kaynor in his driveway near Camp and Delachaise streets, stole several belongings from inside the home while his wife and daughter were inside, and finally stole his SUV, according to a NOPD news release. Forensic analysis of physical evidence was central to the investigation, police said, and the arrests of Johnson’s alleged accomplices are “imminent.”
NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas noted Johnson’s lengthy criminal record, including an arrest on a weapons charge a month prior to the Kaynor shooting. For more details, see the full news release below.
A New Orleans East man is in custody today, booked in the carjacking and attempted murder of an Uptown man last October.
Sixth District detectives arrested 20-year-old Byron Johnson last night at his residence in the 8800-block of Gervais Street in connection with the shooting of a 51-year-old man as he sat in his driveway in the 3400-block of Camp Street the night of October 2nd. As the victim lie bleeding on the ground from a gunshot wound to the chest, detectives believe Johnson and two others entered the victim’s house, and stole several of his and his wife’s belongings. The group also took the victim’s keys and made off in his Cadillac.
Because no eye witnesses have come forward, detectives in this case headed by Detective Kristen Krzemieniecki, have been relying on forensic and physical evidence to link Johnson to the crimes. Several of the victims’ belongings had been recovered from Johnson’s residence soon after the crime was committed last October.
Johnson is booked with Attempted First Degree Murder, Aggravated Burglary, Armed Robbery, Possession of Stolen Property, and Theft of an Automobile. Other arrests in this case are imminent.
Johnson had 12 felony arrests, 10 misdemeanor arrests and was listed as a possible career criminal. He was on probation for Illegal Carrying of a Weapon (2nd offense) from June 2011 through December 2012. A more detailed account of Johnson’s criminal record is below.
“This suspect’s record, with multiple illegal firearm charges — including his arrest just last September, which was just a month before the Camp Street shooting — is nothing less than reprehensible, and the people of New Orleans deserve better,” said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
“I was stunned to learn that Johnson was on probation for a second Illegal Use of a Weapon charge at the time he allegedly attacked this man.”
“No one should escape the consequences of the criminal justice system enough times to be labeled as a ‘possible career criminal.’ I’ve been assured that it’s only a matter of time before this suspect’s accomplices in this disturbing crime are picked up.”
“I want to thank Detective Krzemieniecki and her team for their dedication to clearing this case. And, as always, we must thank State Police Crime Lab technicians for always being there to assist us in getting evidence tested and helping us solidify arrests”, Serpas said.
“Our detectives also are appreciative of the teamwork provided by the Orleans District Attorney’s Office, particularly the contribution of First Assistant Graymond Martin.”
In May 2012, Johnson was arrested for Felon with a Firearm, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon and Illegal Carrying of a Weapon in Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. All charges were refused.
In July 2011, Johnson was arrested for Possession of Stolen Property and Armed Robbery. All charges were refused.
In May of 2011, Johnson was arrested for Illegal Carrying of a Weapon and Felon with a Firearm.
-The charge for Felon with a Firearm was refused.
-Johnson pled guilty for Illegal Carrying of a Weapon (2nd conviction)
-18 months suspended sentence
-18 months active probation
In March 2010, Johnson was arrested for Illegal Carrying of Weapons and Illegal Possession of Stolen Firearms.
-The charge for Illegal Possession of Stolen Firearms was refused.
-Johnson was found guilty for Illegal Carrying of a Weapon
-Six months suspended sentence
-Serve 3 weekends in Parish Prison
In June 2009, Johnson was arrested for Resisting an Officer, Illegal Carrying of Weapons, Possession of Stolen Property and Simple Burglary.
Johnson also has past arrests for Flight from an Officer, Simple Burglary, Unauthorized Use of a Moveable, Possession of Stolen Property, Traffic Violations, Attachments, Warrants, Probation Violation and Theft of an Auto.