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Assault, kidnapping suspect booked 3 months later

Reginald McArthur Johnson

Reginald McArthur Johnson

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Nearly three months after he allegedly assaulted and tried to kidnap a cleaning woman as she performed her overnight duties at a Lawrenceville dentist's office, Reginald McArthur Johnson is in the Gwinnett County jail.

Johnson, 37, was booked into the local jail -- his ninth time in the last eight years -- on Wednesday and charged with battery, sexual battery, robbery and kidnapping, as well as a probation violation. He's being held without bond.

According to original incident reports from Lawrenceville police, a 45-year-old woman was cleaning a dentist's office on Old Norcross Road when, just after midnight, a black male later identified as Johnson accosted her. The victim told police she was emptying trash at the rear of the building that March night when Johnson began following her.

"She said on the way to her car the man began demanding her to give up her money and car keys," police said. Johnson reportedly "grabbed her in attempts to throw her in the car" and punched her in the face and head.

The woman was able to wiggle out of her shoes and run free before a Good Samaritan drove her to the nearby intersection of Lawrenceville-Suwanee and Old Norcross roads, where she called police.

Johnson reportedly escaped in her Hyundai Elantra. He had not been detained until Wednesday.

Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Deputy Shannon Volkodav said a member of her department served the Johnson's long awaited warrants at the Fulton County Jail. It was unclear Friday what led to Johnson's arrest -- Fulton County records showed he had not been booked into jail there.