Lindon man accused of stabbing woman filed for competency review

September 19, 2018

Adrian Johnson

A Lindon man who reportedly stabbed a woman and then led police on an hours-long manhunt filed for a competency review in court on Tuesday.

Adrian Johnson, 40, faces seven first-degree felony charges, including attempted murder, aggravated burglary and child kidnapping. He is also charged with assault and three counts of domestic violence in the presence of a child, all class B misdemeanors.

The defense attorney filed for an inquiry into Johnson’s competency to proceed with the pending criminal charges in 4th District Court in American Fork. Judge Roger Griffin approved the review on Tuesday.

Police responded to reports of a woman who had been stabbed at 4:00 a.m. on July 19 near 600 N. 200 East in Lindon.

The woman told police that Johnson had assaulted her and cut her with a knife, according to a probable cause statement from police. Johnson fled the area on foot as officers arrived.

The woman was living with Johnson at the time of the incident, police reported.

She was transported with multiple stab wounds to a local hospital, where she was treated for multiple lacerations and released.

A child inside the home told police he saw Johnson stab the woman in her room and hit her with a metal hammer, police reported.

Before officers had left the area, a woman living nearby reported she had found Johnson trying to steal her vehicle.

The woman had gone to her garage where Johnson had unsuccessfully tried to take her car keys. He also attempted to forcibly gain access to the vehicle with four children inside, according to police reports.

“The children started screaming, and the male was ‘shushing’ them,” according to police reports.

The woman started fighting Johnson before he fled again on foot.

Police officers searched for about 10 hours in a widespread manhunt through Pleasant Grove and Lindon before Johnson was found and arrested.

Johnson was booked into Utah County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bail.

In interviews with police, Johnson said he did stab the woman, but the assault was intended for “somebody else,” reports state.

He also said he tried to take the car but was not trying to harm the children.

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