Freeport Man Charged With Murdering Father

A 24-year-old man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stabbing his father to death following a heated dispute inside their Freeport home, Nassau County police said.

Jordan Johnson
Jordan Johnson

Jordan Johnson, 24, charged with second-degree murder, will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead. His father, 55-year-old Russell Johnson, was pronounced dead just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, police said. Investigators have yet to determine what the dispute was over and what prompted it to turn violent.

“I don’t have a motive,” Det. Capt. John Azzata, commander of the Homicide Squad, told reporters during a news conference Wednesday at police headquarters in Mineola. “Obviously, it was something that disturbed both of them severely for it to end like this.”

Russell Johnson’s sister was talking on the phone with her brother when she heard an altercation at his house and called 911. Freeport Village police responded at 3:45 p.m. and placed Jordan Johnson under arrest.

The elder Johnson was stabbed multiple times, Azzata said, adding that the pending autopsy report would determine the number of stab wounds. He declined to identify the murder weapon and did not say if it was recovered.

Tuesday was not the first time police had been¬†called to the Loretta Lane home where father and son lived alone. From 2007 to 2013, police came to the residence eight times to respond to domestic disputes involving either another one of Russell Johnson’s sons or an ex-wife, Azzata said. Only one arrest was made over the six-year period, and in that case it was Johnson’s other son who was taken into custody for unspecified reasons.

“All others were closed after an investigation,” Azzata said.

Aside from Tuesday’s call, the most recent incident was in June, when Jordan Johnson was removed from the home and taken to a local hospital, Azzata said. He was not charged with any crimes.

“He does have a medical history,” Azzata said of Jordan Johnson. The homicide detective¬†declined to elaborate. Jordan Johnson has no prior arrest record.

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