Deputies Seek Vehicle In Cantonment Home Invasion Murder

November 6, 2012

Investigators are still seeking clues in a deadly drug-related  home invasion early Tuesday morning in Escambia County.

The home invasion was reported about 2 a.m. on Stefani Circle, just northeast of the intersection of Stefani Road and Nine Mile Road. Escambia County Sherifss’ deputies found 22-year old Amber Tricona Johnson dead inside the home from an apparent gunshot wound.

Justin Kerry Stanley, 27, was also shot and was transported to a local hospital with injures that did not appear to be life-threatening.

“Investigators are trying to piece together the details of the incident, but it appears that the incident is drug related due to a large amount of narcotics that was found at the residence along with other evidence,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

Investigators are working to identify a suspect in the shootings and they are looking for help locating a vehicle that may have been involved in the murder. The vehicle was described as a 2008 silver, four-door sedan with Florida tag 284NIH.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 436-9620 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 433-STOP.


31 Responses to “Deputies Seek Vehicle In Cantonment Home Invasion Murder”

  1. condolences on November 11th, 2012 6:38 am

    First I send my condolences to the family and won’t say one bad word about Amber. Some times you can live with someone and don’t really no them. So I am sure that it is possible she didn’t know who she was dating. Her error was trusting Stanley to be a upstanding guy. It could have been anyone fooled but his lies.

    Stanley should be just as responsible for her death as the shooter. He had drugs in the home. The invaders came for it but the out come didn’t turn out as planned. Stanley endangered the life of his son and the young lady. Let’s be real, home invasion can happen to anyone but more likely shootings to those who sale drugs. Those who know him are not coming forth to help by saying drugs were not a factor in her murder. When he moves on to his other girls he will continue his game and lies. He probably won’t change or blame himself for none of this. If he endanger his innocent son he certainly won’t blink about a girlfriend. I sure hope the child is still with his grandfather. I’m speaking only about Stanley because I know nothing about Johnson. RIP Amber

  2. David Huie Green on November 7th, 2012 12:53 pm

    “I follow the Holy Bible and the Gospel as Jesus explained it, which includes the part about God not forgiving us if we don’t forgive others. I am not condoning stealing, or murder, or any sin. And yes it’s hard to forgive somebody when they have wronged you, but it still is required by the God I serve.”

    But if we forgave everybody even without repentance, then they could continue to hurt others for which we would still have to forgive. Therefore, if we truly forgive thieves and killers, we ARE condoning their actions by permitting them.

    There really DOES have to be some sort of response to bad actions other than insisting the wronged parties have to forgive the hurters. In fact, the Bible contains many suggested punishments for specific offenses. Look it up.

    Further, Christ never spoke ill of the Roman government even though it killed criminals. He, in fact, stated it got its authority from Him. He reminded the Jewish leaders they were violating the required penalties for cursing parents by allowing them to withhold help from the elderly.

    Of course, people don’t have to live under Biblical teachings but those who pretend to do so might consider what it actually does say. Just because Christ was willing to suffer the just punishment for our sins does not mean those sins are forgiven without repentance.

    David for better people

  3. David Huie Green on November 7th, 2012 10:04 am

    “ever notice the whenever people comment on these stories majority has no condolcences for the family or anything? just the same played out message of paranoia to arm themselves…”

    Nope, I never noticed that. Are you sure of it? Generally speaking, the people commenting are discussing an event, not talking to the survivors, therefore condolences aren’t warranted. (My condolences to those who lost loved ones here — if you ARE reading.) That’s sort of the idea, to share ideas with each other.

    Your idea that criminals tend to be well-armed is well made. They have decided to commit crimes and aren’t bothered by the fact that it’s illegal to be using weapons to aid in the commission of those crimes which are already illegal.

    Criminals break laws or they wouldn’t be criminals.

    Now, if we accept the fact that there are those who don’t mind hurting people, is it really paranoid to consider resistance to being hurt?

    Dialing 911 helps if the criminals will just wait for the law enforcement officers to get there. Just in case they’re not so accommodating, though, some other form of resistance might be nice. Dogs help but are smelly, messy, noisy and apt to get you sued if they bite the criminals (who might just be children who were never taught to respect other people‘s property). Armed guards should help but are expensive and also include the concept of violent response.

    What to do, what to do?

    Could a shotgun help? No, no, I must reject that concept because that would be paranoid — even if effective.

    David for safe home owners

  4. Kellie Jones on November 7th, 2012 9:50 am

    This incident had everything to do with drugs. The only innocent person was the child. The girl who died made the wrong choices. She knew the life style she was living was wrong.

  5. bill on November 7th, 2012 9:06 am

    Why do people want to blame the victims? Maybe if we didn’t have the stupid “war on drugs” prohibition then we wouldn’t have the violence of the roaring twenties in our neighborhoods. Alcohol prohibition created the mobsters and drug prohibition is doing the same thing. Take away the profit motive and vote libertarian.

  6. Tiffany on November 7th, 2012 8:28 am

    @Marie I was thinking the same thing when I read it yesterday. Plus how many people actually know if they love ones sell or use drugs. People live secret lives all the time. So dont be so quick to judge an innocent young girl who lost her life for someone coming to her home at 2 in the morning.

  7. Marie on November 7th, 2012 8:17 am

    If it was drug related why didn’t they take the drugs with them. Why would they leave them there. That does not make too much sense.

  8. You guys are too nice on November 7th, 2012 7:26 am

    Large amounts of dope and money were located inside the residence. Bad things happen to people who do bad things. If you deal dope, you are just asking for something bad to happen to you. The young lady who lost her life placed herself in a dangerous situation.

  9. teri watson on November 7th, 2012 7:23 am

    amber johnson was a friend, line sister, and a former roommate, please dont judge what you do not know. Family and friends are reading, regardless of your opinions what you don’t know about someone can make you wrong. it is a shock because this was not what her life revolved around, nor had the history of anything to suspect that this would ever happen to her. Speaking for my friend who CANNOT stand up for herself in the situation please be respectful of your comments. Thank you for those who are keeping her and her family in your prayers.

  10. cygie on November 6th, 2012 7:02 pm

    @Mark. Christianity is a type of religion. Religion covers alot of different spiritual beliefs. I follow the Holy Bible and the Gospel as Jesus explained it, which includes the part about God not forgiving us if we don’t forgive others. I am not condoning stealing, or murder, or any sin. And yes it’s hard to forgive somebody when they have wronged you, but it still is required by the God I serve.

  11. Private citizen on November 6th, 2012 6:28 pm

    Word is drugs were found in the home but that doesn’t give anyone the justification to break into someone’s home in the middle of the night &/or shoot those sleeping thoughts & prayers go out to the victims & their families

  12. diane on November 6th, 2012 4:47 pm

    My heart goes out to the familes no parent (Mother) should have to bury there child ..Gone to soon..God be With You

  13. jonathan querisma on November 6th, 2012 4:28 pm

    smh. rest in peace amber, another friend lost to the streets

  14. lincoln on November 6th, 2012 4:21 pm

    Condolences to the families,
    Color is not an issue when it comes to home invasion,let alone killing anyone in there on home,drugs or no drugs.and there are just as many Caucasians involved in drug crimes as black.R.I.P

  15. Aimee on November 6th, 2012 4:18 pm

    This is so sad to hear, and very scary for those who live in the area. I don’t live far, and felt very safe, until about a month ago, when we had someone try to break in our home at 3am, while our cars were there and we were in bed sound asleep. So please, watch out for one another and keep an eye for anything unusual.

  16. Mark on November 6th, 2012 4:10 pm

    @Gun-toting Christian, that’s not what I alluded to, what I was alluding to was those that are constantly saying we need to FORGIVE and UNDERSTAND before pulling the trigger.

    @Cygie – So tell me, what’s the difference between Religion and Christianity? Is one better than the other? Do you just choose what “Laws of God” sound good to you to follow? Or is the one YOU follow the only correct one?

    Jesus can forgive a thief, I don’t have to. I am not God-like. Simply put, THOU SHALL NOT STEAL is a COMMANDMENT, not a SUGGESTION!!

  17. Gun-toting Christian on November 6th, 2012 3:34 pm

    @ Mark
    Why would you think the “religious right” wouldn’t agree that protecting your family, or yourself, in your own home is okay? I’m a Christian and you’d better believe that if someone breaks into my home and/or tries to harm my family, they will get a severe case of “lead poisoning”.

  18. Washington on November 6th, 2012 2:56 pm

    John sure n true. But anywho I know it was not hers she just was dating n living with this person n the outcome of it is they got hurt. But you are right. N yes she still is a sweet n innocent person from what I know her of n I wasn’t close to her so I can’t say too much.

  19. cygie on November 6th, 2012 12:23 pm

    Jesus was against stealing, yet still had compassion for thieves and sinners. Lives were lost here. Please learn to seperate Christianity and religion.

  20. Citizen on November 6th, 2012 12:12 pm

    First off want to send my condolences to the family …. But they are not as innocent as everyone is saying.. Sheriffs dept has reported that there was drugs found in the home….

  21. john on November 6th, 2012 12:11 pm

    To Washington
    You must not know her that well as reported drugs were found in the house.As I tell my family all the time the only person you really know is yourself. I know it’s hard to believe that someone you know could be involved in drugs but it happens. We found out a nephew was selling drugs when we saw him on tv being put into cuffs and that was a big suprise.It’s hard to believe someone you love could do the things that they do. Nothing suprises me these days.

  22. Mark on November 6th, 2012 11:49 am

    Greed, I think you have it wrong, the home owners were the victims, they didn’t kill anyone. I have to agree with taxpayer. There is nothing lower than a thief. I have no compassion for a thief or for their family if they are killed in the act of stealing. In these days, you have to keep yourself armed because you are no longer safe in your own home.

    And before the religious right jump on here, I have 4 words for you:


  23. Greed on November 6th, 2012 9:50 am

    I live in this neighborhood. I grew up there my whole life. The beginning of this year I came home and found I was robbed. It was burglary after burglary in our neighborhood. We all have taken preparations. Now home invasion. were suppose to be safe in our own homes. It is truly sad for the victims. They have to live with the fact they killed someone to protect themselves. They have to live with the uneasy feeling at night listening to every sound made in the house. Its truly a sad situation. The home invaders shouldn’t have been so greedy for whatever their reasons may be. The reason is not good enough, stealing and invading someones home for their personal gain ,now ones dead and the other is going to prison and has to live with it everyday for their whole lives. Sounds to me like everyone lost something.

  24. Washington on November 6th, 2012 9:17 am

    No it had nothing to do with drugs. I knew the young lady n she was a sweet hard working young lady. Never seen her without a smile on her face. She had a lot going for herself. Sometimes being in your own home not safe. It’s a shame how ppl always think black crimes are drug related. Don’t be so negative all the time. Rip Amber

  25. PL on November 6th, 2012 9:15 am

    First of all condolences to the family, and they had a small child, very sad day.Its my understanding this guy opened a bail bonds company with someone else. Sad to think someone may have followed him home IDK.. But I live in that area I know a LOT of ppl in the area it has been a pretty safe place to live, Just across the street from that neighborhood are half million dollar homes. I pray this investigation comes up with arrests…

  26. uneasy on November 6th, 2012 8:45 am

    My heart goes out to all involved, especially the family of the deceased. We all have a theory on what we would do and how to arm yourself but at 2am? Unless you are up and alert….most of the time the intruder has the upper hand. There is no fear among criminals anymore. I would not have a problem protecting me or my home in a case like this.

  27. eeyore on November 6th, 2012 8:15 am

    …ever notice that the “thugs” usually have better access to better weapons no matter what in the current state? ever notice the whenever people comment on these stories majority has no condolcences for the family or anything? just the same played out message of paranoia to arm themselves…

  28. t2 on November 6th, 2012 6:57 am

    Taxpayer said it all!

  29. Jane on November 6th, 2012 6:49 am

    Keep an eye out for suspicious people, watch out for your neighbors, don’t open the door to strangers, and keep ‘em locked and loaded.

  30. mercyme on November 6th, 2012 6:49 am

    I hope it was the perpetrators shot and not the victims. Criminals deserve the most deadly force thrown at them and victims have a right to protect themselves under the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution. The American right to “bear arms” indicates the inherent right to use them for protection of life, limb and property. God Bless America and I am truly sorry for all who lost loved ones in this unnecessary confrontation.

  31. taxpayer on November 6th, 2012 6:31 am

    the more citizens take up for themselves the thugs will get the idea. while law enforcement is vital, they often can’t get to you in time. the best arrival time may be to late. if we start defending ourselves, most thugs will think twice about breaking into a home. we will help jail overcrowding, court backlogs, frivilous taxpayer money thrown away because there is no room for them in the inn and they are released to do it again. it is a choice each intruder makes to enter a home with mal intent. we should all choose to show them the door with the help of the coroner. i believe even the most stupid of them would soon get the message. just one opinion.

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