What we know so far about Scott Deem murder suspect Emond Johnson

Ingram Square Shopping Center fire occurred in May

SAN ANTONIO – Emond Javor Johnson, 39, was arrested Wednesday in relation to the May fire at Ingram Square Shopping Center that resulted in San Antonio firefighter Scott Deem’s death.

Johnson has been charged with five felonies related to the fire, and also has one felony charge for assault for choking/strangling a family member, in an unrelated incident.

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At the time of his arrest Wednesday, he was out on bond for a misdemeanor theft of service charge stemming from a November 2016 incident.

Coincidentally, his arraignment for that charge was set for Wednesday.

Johnson co-owned the “Spartan Box” gym at Ingram Square Shopping Center, which opened Feb. 12, according to the Spartan Box Facebook page. 

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The fire occurred May 18, just three months after Johnson opened the gym.

According to Johnson's Facebook page, he had been recently working as a personal trainer at Life Time Fitness at the Rim and was seen working there as recently as Tuesday.

He posts frequently on his Facebook and Instagram accounts and also has a personal training website.

A GoFundMe page was set up by Johnson less than 14 hours after the fire was reported.

To date, the GoFundMe campaign titled “The Spartan Box Recovery Fund” has raised $2,430.


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Johnson was arrested by San Antonio police at 5:20 a.m. on Wednesday at his apartment in the Haven at Blanco Apartment Complex, on the city's north side.


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