Assault charges expected in knife threat

May 5, 2019

A Rochester man was arrested and will likely be charged with assault following an altercation Thursday afternoon.

The case began when an 18-year-old Rochester man went to the apartment of 49-year-old Gene Johnson in the 1900 block of 8-1/2 Street Southeast to collect a debt of $30, according to Rochester Police Capt. Casey Moilanen.

The suspect had allegedly been “too high” on the first visit, Moilanen said, so the victim returned later. At that point, Johnson allegedly confronted the victim with a knife and chased him around the parking lot threatening to kill him.

When police arrived, Johnson was inside his apartment, where he was arrested. A knife was found in the residence, Moilanen said.

Johnson is expected to face charges of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and terroristic threats.

The victim was not injured.