Mesa police arrest suspect in massage parlor homicide

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James Clayton Johnson By Jennifer Thomas James Clayton Johnson By Jennifer Thomas

MESA, Ariz. -- Mesa police have arrested a suspect in the homicide of a massage parlor owner earlier this month.

Police said Xia Ohong Fu, 42, was found dead from what appeared to be multiple stab wounds inside the Taiwan Massage Parlor near Loop 101 and Baseline Road on Dec. 7.

The suspect, described as an Asian male in his late 20s, fled the scene in a white pickup truck.

On Dec. 14, the Gilbert Police Department told Mesa detectives that a suspect who robbed a Christmas tree lot matched the description of the homicide suspect.

Mesa police Detective Michael Melendez said the robbery suspect was identified as James Clayton Johnson, 27. Homicide detectives went to his home and located a white pickup truck parked in the driveway. Search warrants were served on Johnson's home and truck.

On Tuesday, the Mesa Crime Lab notified investigators that DNA obtained from zip ties left at the scene matched Johnson's DNA, which had been previously downloaded and stored from a prior felony conviction.

Melendez said Johnson told investigators on Wednesday that he did not know anything about the incident and requested an attorney.

Johnson was booked on one count of first-degree murder and one count of kidnapping.