Man charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault
A 20-year-old Towanda male has been charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault after he pointed a loaded shotgun at his mother, threatened to kill her, and refused to let her leave, state police said.
Jean Evelyn Lane, 40, told police that her son, Mitch Cassidy Johnson, threatened to kill her unless she gave him money for drugs and that he prevented her from leaving her bedroom for approximately 20 minutes, according to a criminal complaint that the state police filed against Johnson in Towanda District Court.
Lane provided police with following account of the incident, according to the criminal complaint:
At approximately 4 a.m. on Jan. 17, Johnson began "acting in an erratic manner" in the main living area of their residence.
After speaking with Johnson, Lane went back into her bedroom because she feared being harmed by him.
Johnson then entered Lane's bedroom with a shotgun, pointed the gun at her from approximately five feet away, and demanded money from her so that he could purchase drugs, as well as her cell phone.
When Lane refused to give Johnson what he wanted, he told her: "You may be my mother and I love you, but I am going to kill you if you don't give me money for drugs."
Johnson prevented Lane from leaving her bedroom for approximately 20 minutes.
Lane requested that Johnson leave the residence and asked him numerous times to let her go, but he refused to let her leave.
Lane tried to leave the bedroom to escape, but Johnson blocked the doorway while still pointing the shotgun at her.
Johnson took her cell phone from her and, just prior to leaving, ejected a 12-gauge shotgun shell from the gun.
Besides aggravated assault and kidnapping, Johnson was charged with terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person, police said.
Johnson was arrested and arraigned before Wysox Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton on Jan. 19.
Johnson was then sent to the Bradford County jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Johnson must face the charges at a preliminary hearing today before Towanda Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark.
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