May 26, 2018
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St. George man charged after hitting woman in face with phone, breaking into home to watch TV, police say

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — Bail was set at $1,000 cash for a 45-year-old St. George man charged with assaulting a woman in Thomaston and then taking a cab to neighboring St. George where he forced his way into a home there and was caught watching television.

Jeffrey D. Johnson was arrested at about 11 p.m. Sunday by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at a home in St. George.

Earlier in the day, Thomaston police had been called to a residence on Beechwood Street in Thomaston where a woman claimed Johnson had arrived to pick up his keys from his girlfriend who lived at the Thomaston residence. The woman’s sister said she ordered Johnson to leave the residence and picked up the telephone to call police.

The woman claims Johnson grabbed the telephone and then struck her in the face, according to the affidavit filed by Thomaston police and the county sheriff’s office.

Johnson then took a cab to St. George where he was dropped off at the intersection of the Kinney Woods and Grierson roads.

The sheriff’s office found that Johnson had texted a woman who lives in St. George that he was coming over to her place, according to the affidavit.

When police got to the residence, they found Johnson there watching television. He told police he had permission to be at the home but officers found the rear door had been forced open.

Johnson was originally arrested by the sheriff’s office for burglary and assault but on Monday, the district attorney’s office filed criminal complaints in Rockland District Court charging the suspect with criminal trespass, criminal mischief, assault and two counts of violating a condition of release. No complaint for burglary was filed.

He made an initial court appearance Monday afternoon and Judge Susan Sparaco set bail at $1,000 cash.

Johnson has a record that includes a burglary in 1986, assault on an officer in 1988 and violating a protective order in 2011.

Defense attorney Daniel Purdy told Judge Sparaco that Johnson has lived in Maine all his life. He asked for a bail that the St. George man could raise, noting Johnson was on Social Security disability. As of late afternoon Monday, Johnson remained jailed.

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