Woman brutally attacked in Greenville; police searching for suspect

Posted April 26, 2012, at 10:15 a.m.
Last modified April 26, 2012, at 6:51 p.m.

GREENVILLE, Maine — Greenville police are searching for a man they say brutally attacked a woman on Wednesday evening on the outskirts of town.

Police are searching for John “Cheeto” Johnson, 42, of Greenville. Police say he has a criminal record and is considered dangerous.

The woman is being treated for her injuries, the Greenville Police Department said in a statement.

Johnson is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 170 to 180 pounds, has brown hair and blue eyes and has strong ties to the Rockwood area.

On Thursday afternoon, Greenville Police Chief Jeff Pomerleau said he believes Johnson may be headed to southern New England. He wouldn’t release any other details.

Greenville police, the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department, Maine State Police, U.S. Border Patrol, Maine Warden Service and Maine Forest Service are continuing to search for Johnson.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Greenville Police Department through the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-432-7372.