Once again law enforcement drops ball with teen that had violent tendencies…
(Brendan Clarey, Liberty Headlines) A Florida judge denied bond Friday for a teenager who killed another boy and wounded two others during a sleepover, because of his Muslim faith.
Judge Ted Booras denied bond for Corey Johnson in a hearing after he was indicted for first degree murder, the Palm Beach Post reported.
Johnson was at a sleepover when he killed a 13-year-old boy named Jovanni Brand and stabbed Dane Bancroft, 13, and his mother Elaine Simon, the Post reported.
Sometime during the night, Johnson said he decided to kill those in the house in their sleep, according to what Officer Jennifer Brashear said in the probable cause affidavit, according to local news.
“Johnson advised at 4 a.m. he realized that everyone in the house was asleep,” the police affidavit said. “At that time, Johnson made the decision to kill Elaine, Dane and Jovanni in their sleep.”
“Elaine heard what she believed to be Jovanni moaning and went upstairs to see what was going on,” Brashear wrote in the affidavit. “As she got to the top of the stairs, Johnson lunged at her with a knife, cutting her multiple times.”
According to Simon, Dane ran towards Johnson after that to protect her against him.
“In his statement, Johnson advised he stabbed the victims because of his Muslim faith,” Brashear wrote in her statement.
Johnson told police that Dane mocked how he prayed.
Just before he killed Jovanni and wounded the others, Johnson read the Quran “to give him courage to carry out his intentions,” the police affidavit said.
After the attack, Johnson barricaded himself in the home before surrendering himself to a SWAT team, CBS12 reported.
A police report released the day after the stabbings showed Johnson had radical tendencies.
The report showed that Johnson has “terrorist ideologies and is a supporter of the terrorist organization ISIS.”
He also watched videos of beheadings and reached out to ISIS over the internet, according to a CBS12 report.
“We understand that he has been watching violent videos which may have some link to ISIS,” said Palm Beach Gardens Interim Police Chief Clint Shannon.
Johnson’s behavior was brought to the attention of local law enforcement and the FBI well before his alleged crimes at the sleepover, yet authorities reportedly did nothing to prevent the teen from harming others.
Despite the sensational and controversial nature of the attacks, the national media has provided almost no coverage of the case, Johnson’s religious inspiration, and law enforcement’s failures that are reminiscent of those in the Parkland, Fla. school shootings.