ANDERSON, Ind. (August 10, 2015)-- When Brandon Boone was shot to death inside an Anderson barber shop on Thanksgiving morning, and another man was beaten with a baseball bat, witnesses said the assailants escaped on foot and detectives thought their killer lived in the neighborhood.
Sunday night, investigators arrested their suspect who lived four doors away.
Raymond Johnson, 26, is charged with the murder of Boone, the assault on another man, robbery and being a serious violent felon in possession of a firearm.
Crime lab technicians are testing the nine millimeter pistol found in Johnson's car to determine if it is the murder weapon.
"The fact that it's somebody from the neighborhood really bothers me because on Mother's Day I walked out in the neighborhood and talked to the other mothers and reminded them that the person that did this was still at large as well," said Tina Boone-Turner who began FAC...Families Against Crime...in honor of her slain son.
"When I lost him my life ended, but I realized I couldn't give up. No matter how hard it is, I couldn't give up."
The owner of the barber shop said two weeks after the killing Johnson returned to the scene of the crime and was recognized.
Before Christmas of 2015, detectives had served search warrants that turned up a ski mask like the one worn by the killer and collected Johnson's DNA, which was found on the clothing of one of the victims.
"Despite Raymond Johnson's claims that he had never visited the barber shop or had contact with any of the three victims," said Anderson Police Sgt. Chad Boynton. "The lab has said the substance on the shoes is possibly blood."
Johnson had been released from prison in the summer of 2014 after serving time for armed robbery.
Anderson police are confident they will soon pick up a second man for the robbery and murder.