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Suspect on lam, accused of assaulting, robbing cleaning woman

Reginald McArthur Johnson

Reginald McArthur Johnson

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Authorities are searching for the man they say assaulted and robbed a cleaning woman as she completed her late-night duties at a Lawrenceville dentist's office.

Lawrenceville police recently issued warrants charging Reginald McArthur Johnson, 37, with battery, sexual battery, robbery by force, theft by taking and kidnapping. Jail records show he had not been detained on the charges as of Wednesday afternoon.

According to incident reports, the 45-year-old female victim was cleaning the dentist's office at 727 Old Norcross Road just after midnight when she was accosted. She told police she was emptying trash when she noticed a black man, later identified as Johnson, standing at the rear corner of the building.

"(The victim) said the male began following her to the trash can and she became fearful so she turned around and started to walk to her car," the report said. "She said on the way to her car the man began demanding her to give up her money and car keys."

That wasn't enough, though.

The victim told police she attempted to give Johnson her keys, but "he grabbed her in attempts to throw her in the car." She "was able to turn and shove her fingers into his eyes," police said, but Johnson started punching the victim in the face and head.

Fearing she was going to be raped, the cleaning woman repeatedly kicked her assailant and ultimately was able to wiggle out of her shoes and run free, she told authorities. Johnson allegedly drove off in her silver 2010 Hyundai Elantra.

Nose bloodied and mouth cut, she waved down a Good Samaritan who drove her to the nearby intersection of Lawrenceville-Suwanee and Old Norcross roads, where she called police.

Authorities' returned to the scene, where they recovered a cellphone -- believed to belong to the suspect.

Johnson is a frequent guest at the Gwinnett County jail, where he has been incarcerated eight times since 2005. Online records show he was arrested three times in 2012 alone, including one case in which he was charged by Georgia Gwinnett College Police with possession of a weapon on school property, loitering, possession of drug-related paraphernalia and obstruction.

Anyone with information on this case should call the Lawrenceville Police Department at 770-963-2443.

Comments

trooper59 1 year, 4 months ago

I was a little outraged at why someone who has been in and out of jail eight times since 2005 is still among us. Looking at the available record of his previous arrests, most of his charges have been smallish: theft, minor drug offenses, violations of probation, etc.

Hopefully since Mr. Johnson has graduated to violent crime his next arrest will prevent us from being graced with his presence for some time.

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itsfriday 1 year, 4 months ago

He's been in jail since the 19th. Awesome teamwork between LPD & APD!

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