Man, 40, found bound and slain Body discovered in Lochearn home by his friend BALTIMORE COUNTY

November 06, 1992|By Roger Twigg | Roger Twigg,Staff Writer

The body of a 40-year-old man, the hands tied, was discovered yesterday by a friend who had gone to the victim's Lochearn home and found the front door unlocked, Baltimore County police reported.

After entering the house, the friend found the body of Adolphus Johnson at the bottom of the basement stairs about 10 a.m., said Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a police spokesman.

Police said the body was fully clothed, but they would not say whether Mr. Johnson's hands had been tied behind him or in front of him or what had been used to tie him.

There were no visible wounds on the body, and an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death, Sergeant Doarnberger said.

The house is in the 3800 block of Arbutus Ave.

Sergeant Doarnberger said the small, one-story, brick rancher did not appear to have been ransacked.

"Most likely, he knew his killer," the sergeant said.

Police said they have established that Mr. Johnson was alive Wednesday night, but they would not elaborate. They said they have no motive or suspects.

Mr. Johnson who was separated from his wife, was the father of three children.

James T. Robinson, a next-door neighbor for about 13 years, said that Mr. Johnson was a "very cautious person" and he speculated that the killer was someone whom the victim knew.

"We always looked out for each other's property. I honestly didn't see anything unusual," Mr. Robinson said.

"Because he worked shift work, if I didn't see him for awhile, it wouldn't be strange or unusual," the neighbor said.

Mr. Johnson worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant.

Mr. Robinson said the victim was a hard-working man who devoted a lot of time to his children and was known for helping people in the community.

"It's terrible. I don't understand it. But these are the times," Mr. Robinson said.

Mr. Robinson added that he does not plan on doing anything differently because of the slaying. "I really see it as being some- thing isolated at this point," he said.

Police said the slaying was the 34th in the county so far this year, a number that equals the most homicides during an entire year in county history.

Lochearn is in the Liberty Road corridor, where increased criminal activity has been the focus of discussions between police and community organizations. Four bank employees were shot -- two fatally -- during the Oct. 26 holdup of a Randallstown bank, several miles west of Lochearn on Liberty Road.

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