Inept robber who ‘murdered Utah parents while their three children slept because he “thought they had money” got away with just $20 and returned to the crime scene because he forgot his car keys’
Albert Enoch Johnson has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder over the deaths of Tony and Katherine Butterfield
The suspect was also charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary and obstruction of justice relating to the violent incident
Johnson, 31, allegedly broke into the Butterfield’s Salt Lake City home on April 18, robbed the couple before fleeing the scene
He staked the Butterfield family because he believed they had money – He was known to the couple, and had tried obtaining work at their landscaping business
Donning a mask, he kicked down the couple’s front door and went upstairs to the main bedroom where Tony, 31, and Katherine, 30, were sleeping
After fleeing prosecutors claim, Johnson then realized he left his car keys inside the Butterfield’s home and returned to retrieve them
At that point, identified by the couple as the robber, he stabbed Tony in the chest before shooting them dead
The couple’s three children all under four years were in the home at the time of the attack, but they were unharmed
On Wednesday, Albert Enoch Johnson was charged with two counts of aggravated murder in the slaying of Tony and Katherine Butterfield, who were shot dead inside their Salt Lake City home on April 18.
Johnson, 31, was also charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary and obstruction of justice relating to the violent incident.
According to court documents filed by Salt Lake County prosecutors, Johnson broke into the Butterfield home in the early hours of April 18.
Johnson told investigators he was worried about his finances and intended to rob the Butterfield family because he believed they had money. He was known to the couple, and had reportedly tried to attain work at their landscaping business.
Johnson donned a mask, before he kicked down the couple’s front door and went upstairs to the main bedroom where Tony, 31, and Katherine, 30, were sleeping.
However, prosecutors allege that, when Johnson returned to his car, he realized that he had left his car keys inside. He then returned to the Butterfields’ home without wearing his mask.
Once he was back inside the house, Johnson was confronted by Tony Butterfield, who immediately recognized him without the mask on. Court documents say he called Johnson by his first name, and asked: ‘Why?’
Knowing that he had then been identified, Johnson allegedly stabbed Tony in the chest, before shooting him.
According to police reports Katherine Butterfield witnessed her husband’s shooting and screamed. Johnson promptly shot her dead as well, before he retrieved his car keys and left the scene.
The Butterfields’ three children – aged four, two and six months – were sleeping upstairs and were unharmed.
Tony Butterfield, [right], allegedly recognized Johnson, a man who tried to obtain landscaping work with his company in the past, when the robber returned to the home to fetch his car keys. Johnson then stabbed him before shooting Butterfield dead
Complicit: Two days after the murders, police arrested the suspect’s wife, Sina, seen here [left] with Johnson, for withholding ‘the whereabouts of the homicide suspect’ and ‘falsifying her [statements] of what occurred and her involvement’
Wanted person poster for Johnson after he fled to California in the wake of his heinous crimes
Two days after the attack, police arrested his wife, Sina, for withholding ‘the whereabouts of the homicide suspect’ and ‘falsifying her [statements] of what occurred and her involvement’.
Sina Johnson had been in contact with her husband ‘on multiple occasions prior to and after the homicide’ and ‘admitted … to disposing of the evidence’, police stated at the time.
She is being held without bail for obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence and is working with police as they continue the investigation.
On April 22, police located and arrested Johnson in Sacramento, California following a tip-off.
He was extradited back to Utah earlier this week.
Tony and Katherine were laid to rest at Herriman City Cemetery on April 25, with the emotional service livestreamed for friends and family who couldn’t attend due to Utah’s stay-at-home order.
The family has been overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from the community as a GoFundMe page for the family has raised nearly $259,000, money which will be used to support the three young Butterfield children.
Tony Butterfield had the nickname ‘T-money’ for his hard work and ability to save money and support his family, Katherine’s sister Emily Hurst said according to their obituary.