Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment against Lamond Johnson (DOB 1/27/86) for the February murder of Roop Gupta, the owner of Madeira Beverage. Johnson is charged with 1 count of Aggravated Murder (SF), 1 count of Murder (SF), 2 counts of Aggravated Robbery (F1), 1 count of Robbery (F3), 1 count of Felonious Assault (F2), 1 count of Felonious Assault on a Police Officer (F1), 2 counts of Weapons Under Disability (F3), 1 count Carrying Concealed Weapon (F4), 1 count Improper Handling of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle (F4), 1 count of Failure to Comply with an Order of Signal of a Police Officer (F3), and 1 count of Failure to Register (F3). If convicted of all charges, Johnson faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Johnson is currently being held on bond in the Hamilton County Justice Center.
Johnson is charged with participating in two robberies in Hamilton County on February 9, 2021. The first robbery occurred at Madeira Beverage, where the store owner, Roop Gupta, was shot and killed. Later that same evening, Johnson was involved in another robbery at a Sunoco gas station in Blue Ash.
On March 7, 2021, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, along with the Cincinnati Police Department attempted to stop Johnson’s vehicle. During the pursuit, Johnson intentionally struck an ATF vehicle, with an ATF agent inside.
Fortunately, neither the victim of the second robbery, nor the ATF agent was injured.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented, “My thoughts are with Mr. Gupta’s family, and the entire Madeira community. And, I am thankful to the Cincinnati Police Department, the Madeira Police Department, and the ATF for the work they put into putting an end to this crime spree. Our community is safer today because of their hard work.”