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Suspect in Shooting of Pasadena Child Also Accused of Killing Man, Dog in Monrovia

Published on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 | 11:06 am
Monrovia police and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators at the scene of the shooting homicide of Darione Tyrell Jones, and a pet dog, in the 100 block of Los Angeles Avenue, Monrovia, on March 29, 2021. (Image RMG News)

One of two men charged this week in connection with the shooting of a then-10-year-old boy as he played in front of his home on Valentine’s Day in Pasadena is also accused of killing a man and a dog during another shooting in Monrovia in March, authorities said.

Tanaj Johnson, 22, of Pasadena, was identified by Pasadena police Tuesday, along with 21-year-old Joseph Knowles of Altadena, as a suspect in the Feb. 14 shooting in the  300 block of Parke Street that left the young boy with permanent injuries.

Johnson is also accused, along with another man and a teenage boy, of fatally shooting a man and a dog in Monrovia on March 29, according to Lt. Brandon Dean of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau.

In that shooting, Johnson and his accomplices approached a man on the porch of a home in the 100 block of East Los Angeles Avenue before all three opened fire, fatally wounding the victim, according to the lieutenant. 

Darione Tyrell Jones, 25, of Arcadia died at the scene of the shooting, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.

A dog that was accompanying him was also killed by the gunfire, Dean said.

In addition to Johnson, investigators arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection with the Monrovia killing in April, he said.

A third and final suspect, 20-year-old Christian Isiah Hall, was arrested in connection with the killing on May 20, according to investigators and L.A. County booking records.

Johnson pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and animal abuse on May 5 and was scheduled to return to court for a hearing on June 23, according to L.A. County SUperior Court records.

Hall was scheduled to appear in court to answer to charges of murder and gun possession by a prohibited person on June 3.

With respect to the Pasadena shooting, Johnson’s initial court hearing was set for Thursday. Co-defendant  Knowles, who was being held without bail, was scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment hearing on Wednesday.

Both suspects are accused of attempted murder and mayhem, while Knowles is additionally charged with firearm possession by a prohibited person.

Bail for Johnson was set at $3.35 million, records show. Hall was being held without bail.

Motives in both shootings have not been released by investigators.


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