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May 23, 2013

Report: Man threatens to set fire to vehicle while girlfriend inside

Suspect faces multiple felonies from domestic incident

CHARLESTOWN —

A Charlestown man was arrested May 16 following a reported domestic abuse.

Janssen Ryan Johnson, 27, of 310 Berkley Road, was accused of hitting his girlfriend in the face with a laptop computer and threatening to set fire to a vehicle in which she had sought refuge, as he held a gas can and a lighter.

Charlestown police arrived to the couple’s home after the woman had called 911, according to the probable cause affidavit. 

The two have three children together.

The officer noted that when he responded to the home the woman was crying and appeared visibly shaken, and her clothing was tattered as if she had just been in a physical altercation.

When asked by the officer what had happened, the woman said, “I just got beat up by my boyfriend,” according to the affidavit. 

Johnson was also at the home when police arrived.

The woman told the officer that she and Johnson had become involved in an argument moments earlier because she had kicked him out of house the day before “due to him not having a job and causing financial problems,” according to the affidavit.

The woman told police that she had called Johnson and asked him to come to the home so she could use their only vehicle to take one of their children to a doctor’s appointment.

When Johnson arrived at the home, he immediately started to use the home’s laptop, the woman told police.

After Johnson refused to give his girlfriend the car keys, which he had in his pocket, she unplugged the laptop and again asked for the keys, she told the officer.

“... [Johnson] stood up from the floor with the laptop computer in hand and struck her in the forehead with it,” according to the affidavit. 

The officer noted in the affidavit that there was fresh swelling and redness on the woman’s forehead area.

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