Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

May 9, 2014

Police: Man with criminal past choked, battered local woman

By Boris Ladwig Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — A Greensburg man with a lengthy criminal history has been arrested on suspicion that he battered and choked a local woman until she almost lost consciousness.

Jonathon D. Johns, 39, 809 W. Hendricks St., was being held at the Decatur County Jail Thursday on $30,005 bond. He faces charges of battery and strangulation, both Class D felonies; and interference with reporting a crime, a Class A misdemeanor.

According to court documents, Johns beat the victim on Tuesday at a residence in southwestern Greensburg after getting into an argument with her. The victim said that Johns threw her against a door, struck her in the face and head, put her in a choke hold and dragged her through the house, causing injuries to her head and back.

The victim told police that when Johns was choking her, “she felt like she was going to pass out.”

The victim also told the investigating officer, Lt. Brendan Bridges, of Greensburg Police Department, that when she tried to call 911 to seek help, Johns took her phone from her.

After his arrest on the same day, Johns told Bridges that the victim beat him up and that “he was just defending himself.”

Charges against Johns were filed Wednesday. Prosecutor James Rosenberry also is seeking a sentence enhancement because of Johns’ criminal history, which, according to court documents, includes convictions for attempted robbery (1991) and sexual misconduct with a minor (1998). According to the Indiana Department of Corrections, Johns also has convictions for theft (1994), attempted robbery (2004) and sexual misconduct with a minor (2012).

The court also granted a no-contact order, which bars Johns from having any contact or communication with the victim and orders him to stay at least 1,000 feet from her residence and place of work.

Contact: Boris Ladwig 812-663-3111 x7401; boris.ladwig@greensburgdailynews.com