Choking match leads to assault with chair, arrest for Knox woman

By Tanya Mitchell | Jan 08, 2013
Source: Waldo County Jail Abagail Johnson

Knox — A local woman is facing charges stemming from an apparent argument that reportedly escalated into a choking match and at one point involved an assault with a chair at a Knox residence Thursday night, Jan. 3.

Police arrested Abagail Johnson, 24, of Knox on charges of domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal mischief and domestic violence reckless conduct after an ongoing argument with the alleged victim.

Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff's Office said a male called police at about 7:30 p.m. and reported that Johnson was in the midst of assaulting him.

"It was quite apparent that while he was on the phone he was being choked," said Trafton.

The man told police an argument between himself and Johnson became heated, and they were choking each other at one point. In addition, Trafton said, the man stated that Johnson was hitting him with candle holders and had also struck him with "some kind of chair."

The complainant sustained some scratches and bruises in the melee, but Trafton said he did not require medical attention.

Trafton said the responding officer determined that Johnson was the aggressor after reviewing the 911 recording, and as a result of observations the officers made at the scene on the night of the incident.

Johnson is scheduled to appear at Fifth District Court in Belfast Tuesday, Jan. 22.


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