Man who invaded Key Biscayne home and held nanny at gunpoint appears in court

KEY BISCAYNE, FLA. (WSVN) - A man who police say invaded a Key Biscayne home and physically attacked and tied up the household’s nanny has turned himself in.

According to Miami-Dade Police, 23-year-old Vincent Todd Johnson Jr. turned himself in late Tuesday night. He was then transported to Turner Guilford Knight correctional facility.

According to the arrest warrant, he faces a multitude of charges, including armed robbery, aggravated battery, armed/aggravated kidnapping and attempted manslaughter.

Wednesday afternoon, Johnson appeared before a judge for the first time in bond court.

He has been denied bond.

Investigators were asking for assistance from the community for information regarding his whereabouts earlier this week. He was considered armed and dangerous.

Johnson is accused of breaking into a Key Biscayne home, located along Woodcrest Lane, on Dec. 2, and forcing the nanny through the living room of the house. Once inside, he used zip ties to keep the nanny from fleeing.

Surveillance video shows what appears to be Johnson punching the nanny several times. Police said he then held the nanny at gunpoint and choked her before tying her up. He then ransacked the home, looking for valuables.

According to police, he arrived to the house with a package, and they believe he deceived the nanny by pretending to be a delivery man.

“This gentleman obviously — and I shouldn’t even use that word — this subject, this very violent man, felt a lot of pressure and thought it best to turn himself in,” said Key Biscayne Police Chief Charles Press, Wednesday.

Press expressed his gratitude to the Miami-Dade Police Department and the community for their success in Johnson’s arrest.

“What we’re most proud of is that the community remained vigilant. We remained vigilant. No stone was left unturned,” said Press. “I could tell you there are a lot of people in this community that will sleep a lot better tonight.”

And the police chief is right. Numerous Key Biscayne residents expressed their relief, like resident Maria Barbrow. “Now, everybody can breathe because everybody was waiting for the guy to be arrested,” she told 7News.

Johnson is set to make his first appearance in court Wednesday afternoon.

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