The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 13, 2013

Search ongoing: After 3 years, EPD still is seeking murderer of convenience store clerk

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Three years after Danial Glen Johnson was murdered during the robbery of the convenience store where he worked, police still are searching for his killer.

On July 14, 2010, Enid Police Department officers received a 911 call at 3:14 a.m. from a customer who reported finding the clerk unresponsive at Maine Street Mini Mart, 1602 E. Maine.

When officers arrived, Johnson was dead.

At the time of the murder, the suspect was described as a dark-skinned black or Hispanic man wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt, black or blue jeans, gloves and carrying a white bag.

The sweatshirt had the wording “State” on the front and possibly an overlay of an “O,” which may reference Oklahoma State University.

A $4,000 reward for information leading to the arrest, prosecution and conviction of Johnson’s killer still exists, but has yet to produce enough information for an arrest.

“We still haven’t had any new leads,” said Enid Police Department Sgt. Greg Gordon. “It’s still open and ongoing.”

Johnson, who was 44 at the time of his murder, is very much missed by his family, his sister Debbie Johnson said.

“I still hear his voice,” she said of her brother. “ So far, we’ve kept the memories because we try to talk about it and write things down.”

Johnson said she’s been told time will help heal the wounds of her loss, but doesn’t necessarily agree.

“They say it gets easier, but it hasn’t for me and I don’t think, just looking at my dad’s face, it’s gotten any easier for him or my mom,” she said. “On the surface they’re OK. They’re just going through the motions.

“About the time I don’t think I have any tears left, they come back.”

2010 EPD press conference

Johnson had described her brother as a “laid-back” guy who could be overly generous if you weren’t careful of what you said around him.

“He liked to buy things for people,” Johnson said. “You had to be careful about what you said around him, or he’d show up with it for you.”

She said her brother loved his family and enjoyed family get-togethers. The last time she saw her brother was at a barbecue July 3, 2010. Johnson said her daughter, who was enlisted at the time, showed up as a surprise and Danny was the first see her arrive.

“My daughter, who is pregnant, is naming her baby after my brother,” she said. “And that shows what kind of guy he was. She’s naming him Jacob Danial, after Danny.”

Johnson had a message for anyone who might be able to help catch her brother’s killer.

“Please come forward. It’s not right this guy is going on with his life and ours has been stalled, and my brother’s has stopped completely,” she said. “I know in the long run he’ll pay for it eventually, but maybe I’m too impatient to wait for God to do it.”

Gordon wanted to remind the public about the $4,000 reward for information still being in effect.

“If somebody knows something, we’d like them to come forward,” he said. “At least so we can give closure to the family.”

Anyone having information that will lead to the arrest or prosecution of this crime is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233. You also can text a tip from a cell phone by texting CRIMES (274637). Be sure to type “Enid” in the subject field. Tips also can be submitted via the Internet by going to www.tip soft.com.

Tipsters can earn a reward up to $4,000, and will not be required to testify or be identified. Callers also may contact the Enid Police Department with information at 242-7000.