Assault suspect found in RutlandMarch 21,2014Assault suspect
held without bail
LANDGROVE — Police on Thursday arrested a Londonderry man who was accused of assaulting his father last week.
Jacob Johnson, 22, of Londonderry, is being held without bail and is expected to be arraigned today in Bennington criminal court on felony first-degree aggravated domestic assault.
Police said Jacobs’ father, Frank Johnson, 40, reported March 10 that his son had caused him “severe” injuries in an assault at his Landgove home.
Frank Johnson later told police that Jacob Johnson had been drinking before they argued. The father said his son began to choke him until Jacob’s girlfriend, Elizabeth Merrill, 19, of Londonderry interfered.
Frank Johnson said he asked his 9-year-old son, Timothy Johnson, to call police but Merrill allegedly stopped the boy.
Police said Jacob Johnson began assaulting his father again, punching him repeatedly in the head and face. Timothy jumped on top of his father to protect him, which cause Jacob Johnson to stop, police said.
When officers arrived, Jacob Johnson was gone.
Police arrested Merrill, who pleaded innocent Monday in Bennington criminal court to charges of providing police with false information and interference with access to emergency services. She was jailed on $15,000 bail.
Police said they received “numerous leads” Thursday on Jacob Johnson’s location. He was tracked to a home on Plain Street in Rutland by officers from Vermont State Police and Rutland City Police.
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Giles Corey of Salem, Mass., is pressed to death during the Salem witch trials; on this day in 1952, film comedian Charlie Chaplin, while traveling to England, is denied re-entry into the United States by U.S. attorney general.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Dutch father of microbiology Antonie van Leeuwenhoek discovers the existence of one-celled organisms; in 1967, The Doors are booked to play the Ed Sullivan show; in 1858, freedom fighter Dred Scott dies on this day in St. Louis.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: No money this year for western rail project, Lola Aiken memorialized in Montpelier, Supreme Court Castleton murder suspect will remain in jail, Shaftbury man fires shots from his AK-47 into neighbor's home.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev arrives in U.S. for historic 13-day visit; in 1987, Secretary of State George Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze sign nuclear reduction agreement.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City celebrates completion of its newest mural, on West Street opposite the post office, more than $2 million in federal grants will bolster Vermont's health centers, Patrick McArdle reports on pending sale of Vermont papers.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Henry Hudson sails up the Hudson River as far as present-day Albany, Leo Szilard has epiphany waiting for the light to change, 3 kids report a West Virginia close encounter in 1952.