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Charge: Man abused girlfriend

Woman felt life was threatened

posted May 18, 2017 12:00 a.m. (CDT)
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by / Dan Holtz. bio | email

An Altoona man is accused of repeatedly physically abusing his girlfriend between August and February.

In one incident, police said, Anthony L. Johnson jerked on the steering wheel while she was driving, almost causing her to crash with her children in the back seat.

Johnson, 26, 703 Harriet St., was charged Wednesday in Eau Claire County Court with seven felonies: two counts each of strangulation and suffocation and false imprisonment, and one count each of stalking, second-degree recklessly endangering safety and intimidating a victim. 

Johnson is also charged with seven misdemeanors: four counts of battery and three counts of disorderly conduct.

According to the criminal complaint:

The woman told police she began a relationship with Johnson in July and it started to become abusive in August.

Johnson cut the woman’s leg by throwing a pop can at her, sent her Snapchat pictures of hypodermic needs along with comments blaming her for his relapse if she did anything or told anyone about him hurting her, screamed at her, called her names and blocked her from leaving her residence.

Johnson threatened to stab the father of the woman’s child, broke into her house and went through her phone, emails and Facebook accounts.

Johnson would wake up the woman and her daughter by screaming, broke the woman’s TV, grabbed her by the shoulders and threw her down, and pushed her — which caused her baby to fall to the floor.

On multiple occasions, Johnson grabbed and slapped the woman and slammed her head onto the floor.

Johnson tried suffocating the woman twice and screamed and yelled at her on almost a daily basis.

The woman said she was convinced Johnson would kill her if she left him. She said she was so lost she believed she could not live without him.

Johnson is being prosecuted as a repeat offender. He was convicted of bail jumping, domestic battery, domestic strangulation and intimidation of a victim in April 2015 in Eau Claire County.

If convicted of the felony charges, Johnson could be sentenced to up to 29 years in prison.

Contact: 715-833-9207,