The man accused of killing a Washington yoga instructor and actress who went missing on Christmas told police the victim killed herself after they had sex, according to court documents.
Adrian Duane Johnson, 27, was arrested late Monday night after police said he was found to be using a car belonging to the victim, 46-year-old Tricia McCauley.
McCauley’s body was found inside the small vehicle, wedged between the rear and front seats and concealed from view, according to documents filed Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court.
Police said McCauley was strangled and beaten to death. She also had injuries to her genital area, according to the documents, which do not state whether she was raped.
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The man accused of killing a Washington yoga instructor and actress Tricia McCauley (pictured) who went missing on Christmas told police the victim killed herself after they had sex
Adrian Duane Johnson, 27, was arrested late Monday night after police said he was found to be using a car belonging to the victim. Johnson is pictured on CCTV footage being taken in to custody on Tuesday
Johnson, whose criminal history includes multiple theft charges, had been ordered to wear a GPS monitor in the days before the slaying, and a judge had requested a mental health evaluation, court records show.
He’s been charged with first-degree murder and was ordered held without bail Wednesday afternoon.
Johnson told police he met McCauley on or around Christmas, when she offered him a ride.
According to the documents, he told police she offered to have sex with him and they had sex ‘on a curb somewhere.’
Mourners and supporters gather for meditation and prayers inside the Yoga District studio tonight before a scheduled candlelight vigil and march for Tricia McCauley on December 27
McCauley (left), a yoga instructor and actress, also missed a flight out of Ronald Reagan National Airport on Monday. Police released a picture of Adrian Duane Johnson (right) before they were ultimately able to track him down and arrest him
He told police that after the sexual encounter, she became despondent and said she wanted to kill herself.
The actress was a stand-in in ‘Step Up’, a 2006 dance movie starring Channing Tatum
Johnson claims McCauley hanged herself inside her car, although he was unable to say what she used to hang herself.
He also told police she told him he could use her car, money and credit cards, at one point asking, ‘If someone is suicidal and gives you all their stuff is that illegal?’
The 27-year-old said he picked up a prostitute and drove around the city with McCauley’s lifeless body in the back seat, the documents state.
Johnson had injuries to the hands and jaw when he was arrested, police said.
His public defender did not immediately return a message Wednesday.
McCauley was reported missing after she didn’t show up to a Christmas party hosted by friends in Washington’s theater community.
Adrian Duane Johnson, 27, is seen being loaded into a police vehicle after he was arrested on Tuesday just after midnight
McCauley’s body was found inside her missing car (pictured) after midnight on Tuesday
McCauley (pictured) was an actress, a yoga teacher and a licensed nutritionist. She held a Master’s degree in herbal medicine and was part of a theater company in Washington, DC
Ann Norton, the executive director of the Washington Stage Guild, said there was evidence McCauley had left her apartment with the Brussels sprouts she planned to bring to the dinner.
McCauley had roles in several Washington Stage Guild productions, most recently last year in ‘On Approval,’ a British comedy from the 1920s. She also starred in ‘Never Dream: The Beginning’, a short horror movie in 2012, and in ‘Paper Girl’, a short drama, in 2000.
In addition to her acting roles, McCauley worked at a yoga studio where friends gathered on Tuesday evening for a vigil.
About 100 people gathered to remember their slain friend, with many holding candles as they walked to LeDroit Park Community Garden where the actress tended to plants and herbs.
Earlier this month, Johnson was arrested at a CVS store in Columbia Heights and charged with stealing four electric toothbrushes, according to the Washington Post.
He was arrested in connection with the killing after a neighbor saw McCauley’s car and called police after he saw a ‘critical missing alert’ for McCauley, whom he knew from some acting he had done.
McCauley had starred in ‘Never Dream: The Beginning’ , a short horror movie in 2012 (pictured). She was also a devoted theater actress
Officers found her car parked out front of a CVS store and confronted Johnson. When Johnson surrendered the keys, officers found McCauley’s lifeless body inside.
Johnson’s stepfather, Russell Dixon, told the Post his stepson had been living on the streets and suffered from mental problems.
But Dixon said he ‘never saw any aggression’.
Dixon said Johnson’s mother, Marlene Dixon, had tried to help her son in the past.
‘The court system let him go. That’s not the help he needs,’ he said. ‘He should have been held.’
Johnson’s mother, Marlene, was unaware her son had been arrested, but when she found out he was a suspect for murder, she repeatedly shouted ‘no’, according to the Post.