TREASURE ISLAND, FLORIDA – Florida deputies fatally shot a man wanted for sexually assaulting and impregnating an 11-year-old girl Saturday.
Gregory Johns, 42, was killed at a motel in Treasure Island, Fla., a week after his girlfriend’s 11-year-old daughter was taken to the hospital for stomach pains and underwent tests that showed she was pregnant.
Johns immediately asked his girlfriend for the keys to her car so that he could go buy cigarettes.
Gregory Johns was found locked inside a bathroom at the Trail’s End Motel early Saturday morning.
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 he was killed, Johns allegedly robbed a couple at knifepoint in Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, according to local television station WTSP-TV.
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 St. Petersburg 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 Bay News 9. He 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.
Deputies found Johns at the Trail’s End Motel Saturday thanks to a tip.
When they arrived at his room, the suspect 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.