DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Joe Johnson says he was like a father to Naim Muhammad. Johnson says he took Muhammad in after his biological father abandoned him.
Now, the man he treated like a son is accused of killing his own sons, ages 5 and 3. “They were good kids, that’s all I can tell you. Real good kids. I didn’t believe he would do that. That surprised me.”
The 5-year-old, also named Naim, was scheduled to attend his first day of kindergarten at Julia C. Frazier Elementary School. He was registered for class just a couple of weeks ago. A spokesman for Dallas ISD says the boy never made it to school.
Johnson says he will miss the young boys who were taken away in such violent manner. “It makes me feel bad, I loved them kids.”
The 32-year-old Muhammad has a history of arrests including violent felonies. Some people along Harmony Lane in Oak Cliff where the arrest was finally made had actually followed details of the chase throughout the day. They were stunned to learn the suspect was picked up in a creek bed behind these homes.
“They were all muddy and the officer asked me what street is this,” said Vaughn Robinson, who watched the arrest. Once officers determined their location that police flooded the scene in mere minutes. “They held him down and determined how injured the guy was and that’s when they called the paramedics.”
Another witness echoed the description. “They had him on the ground,” said Eric Arnold, “and pretty much they arrested him and the ambulance came and checked him out and they took him out.”
Public records show Muhammad has four prior convictions ranging from marijuana possession to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Then in February he was arrested for causing bodily injury during a family violence call. He bonded out two days later for $2,500.
Neighbors like Sharon Shed tell us they had seen in from time to time at a local store. “Yes, I seen him a couple of times at the store and he looked like he was crazy but I never expected nothing like this.”
Word of the deaths sent a chill through the neighborhood, with family members like Arnold vowing to hold their children even closer tonight. “I’m worried about my family, that’s all I’m concerned about it’s really messed up they killed those kids like that, you know? But he’s going to get what’s coming to him, though.”