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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone arrested in 1994 fire-bomb death of 6-year-old at Foothill Farms duplex?

Published: Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 - 9:32 pm

In March 1994, there was a firebombing on College Oak Drive that killed a young girl. Was that case ever solved?

– Marie, Sacramento

No one has been arrested in the March 1994 death of 6-year-old Crystal Raye Johnson, who was sleeping on a living room couch when someone threw a gasoline-filled bottle through the front window of the Foothill Farms duplex about 4 a.m.

Sacramento County sheriff’s homicide detectives, however, are again looking into the case because of new DNA technology that was not available at the time the crime occurred, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman.

According to stories in The Bee, Crystal’s body was found about 4 feet from the couch, as though she was trying to move toward her mother’s bedroom and away from the flames that immediately engulfed the living room.

She and a playmate, who was spending the night, had watched movies, then stayed in the living room to sleep. The playmate was able to flee to the back of the duplex and escape through a rear window with four other people who were sleeping in the house.

Investigators said at the time that the firebomber apparently was neither seen nor heard. They speculated that the attacker had been scared off because a second, unexploded bomb was left on the sidewalk in front of the College Oak Drive residence.


Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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