Gregory Johns, 42, was killed at a motel in Treasure Island, Fla. He was wanted for sexually assaulting and impregnating his girlfriend’s 11-year-old daughter. Gregory fled when his girlfriend’s daughter was taken to the hospital for stomach pains and underwent tests that revealed she was pregnant. Johns immediately asked his girlfriend for the keys to her car so that he could go buy cigarettes and never returned. Johns, who allegedly sexually abused the girl several times, committed a string of crimes until officials found him locked inside a bathroom at the Trail’s End Motel early Saturday morning.
In the week before his death, Johns allegedly robbed a couple at knifepoint, according to a local television station. He reportedly left a letter at the scene in which he apologized to the 11-year-old girl for assaulting her. Shortly after the robbery, Johns reportedly broke into the home of a 78-year-old woman. He allegedly kept her tied and gagged for 12 hours. Johns called the 11-year-old girl’s mother the same day and apologized for assaulting her daughter, Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told a local news station.
Johns also said that cops would have to kill him before he would go back to jail, according to police. Johns has served ten different stints in jail since 1987 on charges of aggravated assault, armed robbery, burglary and drug charges. A tip led police to Johns at the Trail’s End Motel in Treasure Island, Fla. When police arrived at his room, the he emerged from the bathroom with a knife and threatened to kill them, prompting the deputies to open fire.
The deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave until the conclusion of an investigation.