ROCHESTER, Minn. – Police say they have security video of one of Saturday’s murders in Rochester.
53-year-old Glenn Roger Johnson is facing two charges of first degree murder, two charges of 2nd degree murder, and one count of 1st degree murder while committing a burglary. Authorities say he fatally stabbed Phillip Hicks and Eric Flemming at the Salvation Army Castleview Residence where they all lived.
The Rochester Police Department says Hicks called them around 6:30 pm Saturday about a dispute he was having with Johnson. Police say security video from inside the apartment building shows the two men shoving each other in front of the apartment of Flemming. Officers say Hick told them he was returning some glasses to Flemming when Johnson started yelling at him.
The confrontation ended before police arrived and, after reviewing the video, officers say they warned both men and then left the building.
Police were called back to the apartment at 7:22 pm after a 911 call that Johnson had stabbed Hicks. Officers arrived and saw Johnson exiting the building. He was arrested and placed in a squad car.
A search of the apartment complex found Hicks lying in the kitchen of the neighbor that called 911. Police say he was stabbed in the side and they could not find a pulse but immediately began CPR. Hick’s wheelchair was found out in the hallway and police say a trail of blood led to another apartment, where they found Flemming lying in a large pool of blood and with several visible stab wound. Police say Flemming was not breathing, was blue in the face, and was no longer bleeding from his wounds.
Hicks and Flemming were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, where they were both pronounced dead at about 8 pm.
According to the criminal complaint, the person who called 911 heard Hicks yelling “he stabbed me, he stabbed me,” took him into the caller’s apartment and locked the door. Another witness reported seeing Johnson standing in front of Flemming’s apartment. The witness says Johnson told him to close his door “unless (he) wanted to be next.” A third witness say he saw Johnson come out of Flemming’s apartment with a knife in his hand.
Rochester police say when they reviewed security video of the hallway, they saw Hicks in his wheelchair coming out of Flemming’s apartment. Officers say as Hicks tried to unlock his own door, Johnson is seen coming up behind him and stabbing him in the side with enough force to knock Hicks to the floor.
Police say the video shows Johnson entering Flemming’s apartment, then exiting a roughly a minute later and walking back to his own apartment.
Police say as Johnson was waiting to be taken to the hospital for a minor leg wound, he reportedly said “both of them asked for what they got.”
After searching Johnson’s apartment, police say they found two knives that tested positive for blood.
Johnson's initial court appearance has been set for April 10.