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Suspect arrested in slaying of Utah parents of 3 children

April 22, 2020 GMT

WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) — A man suspected of forcing his way into the home of a couple he knew and killing them both was arrested Wednesday morning in California, police said.

The U.S. Marshals Service and other law enforcement agencies helped in the apprehension of Albert Enoch Johnson, 31, in the Sacramento area, West Jordan police said. It is not clear whether he has a lawyer representing him yet.

Police believe 30-year-old Katherine Butterfield and 31-year-old Tony Butterfield were sleeping when Johnson forced his way into their home in West Jordan, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City overnight Saturday and shot them.

The couple left behind three children, all under 4 years old. They were unharmed and are staying with family.

Police believe the attack was targeted. Johnson lived in the area but police have not explained how he knew the couple.