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Wilkinsburg man accused of pistol-whipping woman, assaulting her granddaughter

November 9, 2018

Allegheny County police are searching for a Wilkinsburg man who allegedly pistol-whipped a grandmother and assaulted one of her granddaughters, according to charges filed Sunday.

Johnny Johnson, 25, is charged with aggravated assault, robbery, simple assault, indecent assault and carrying a firearm without a license, along with four counts of making terroristic threats and two counts each of unlawful restraint, false imprisonment and reckless endangerment.

Police responded about 2 a.m. Sunday to a home on Wood Street in Wilkinsburg for a report of a woman screaming for help from an apartment, according to the complaint.

The woman inside told police Johnson had held them in the apartment, pistol-whipped her and threatened her three grandchildren, including two girls and a boy, according to the complaint. The woman, who was bleeding from the head, told police Johnson molested one of the girls.

The woman told police Johnson, a friend, had asked if he could stop by and visit, and she let him into the apartment building about 12:30 a.m., according to the complaint. She said she sat in a chair and Johnson sat on the couch and, at one point, he asked her to look at a text message on his phone. The message said, “This is a robbery,” according to the complaint.

Johnson was pointing a gun at the woman’s head when she looked up and he said, “Yeah, I’m going to rob you,” police allege in the complaint.

He tied up the woman and locked her in the bathroom, according to the complaint. Johnson allegedly assaulted and molested one of the girls in the apartment and threatened to kill her. The woman eventually broke free and screamed for help, and Johnson ran naked from the apartment, taking only some of his clothing with him.

Johnson allegedly left behind a hooded sweatshirt and a leather jacket, as well as a cellphone and handgun, according to the complaint. The woman identified Johnson from a photo array.

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