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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

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CHARLESTOWN —

She also reported that Johnson then pushed her against a wall and grabbed her arms so aggressively that his fingernails left cuts on her forearm.

The officer found fresh cuts and redness on her arm.

She told police she then tried to get away from Johnson by leaving the home through a side door, but Johnson got in front of her and waited for her outside at the bottom of a concrete staircase.

As the two continued to argue, Johnson “delivered a front kick from the base of the staircase, which struck her in the groin area,” according to the affidavit.

The woman said the blow made it painful for her to walk and that she was going to get treatment at Clark Memorial Hospital after she finished speaking with police. 

She told the officer that the kick was so forceful Johnson fell backward and landed on the ground.

The officer noted in the affidavit that grass was visible on Johnson’s back.

As Johnson was lying on the ground, the woman jumped from the staircase, ran to their vehicle and locked herself inside to prevent her boyfriend from further harming her and so she could call 911, according to the affidavit.

The woman reported Johnson then began banging on the exterior of the vehicle and yelling at her. He then punched his hand though the rear passenger’s window that had been patched with duct tape and began pulling the woman’s hair from outside the vehicle.

“[The woman] advised that [Johnson] then picked up a gas can from the yard and had a lighter in his hand and advised her that he was going to set the car on fire,” according to the affidavit.

The woman then called 911, which she said she believes prevented Johnson from carrying out his threat of burning the vehicle with her inside.

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