Sep 1, 2015

Cody man facing three felony charges for alleged stabbing and threats

Cody police say a man used a knife to stab his roommate, threaten two other people and damage some furniture on Wednesday night.

Jason Johnson, 46, stands charged with three felony counts of aggravated assault and battery and a misdemeanor count of property destruction in connection with the incident.

The Cody resident remained jailed in the Park County Detention Center on Monday, with bail set at $50,000 cash. In court on Friday, Johnson told Circuit Court Judge Bruce Waters that he has a mental disability and would not be able to post that amount of money.

Cody police had been called to the E Avenue home where Johnson was living just before 7:45 p.m. Wednesday.

The caller said that a man, later identified as Johnson, was yelling and screaming at people and attacking furniture with a large knife, Cody Police Officer Josh Van Auken wrote in an affidavit filed in support of the case.

Van Auken found Johnson across the street.
Jason Johnson

"He was unable to speak intelligible sentences, but I was able to ascertain that he was upset because 'they' were trying steal his sister's ... belongings," Van Auken wrote.

Concerned that the homeowner might be hurt, police entered the residence and found the man lying on his bed with his shirt covered in blood, Van Auken wrote. The 54-year-old homeowner appeared to have a stab wound to his chest, the officer wrote.

The homeowner appeared highly intoxicated, eventually saying "he knew one thing that happened and then stated, 'murder'," Van Auken wrote.

A woman who'd been with the homeowner and Johnson that day told police the two men had drank about a gallon of vodka and some whiskey.

The woman reportedly told Van Auken that Johnson became very angry and started talking about killing people and cutting off a dog's head as he played with a knife.

The woman said Johnson then began talking about killing her. When she told Johnson he was scaring her, "Johnson replied that if he killed her, she would not have to worry anymore," Van Auken wrote of the woman's account.

Another man at the home reportedly told Van Auken that Johnson had started freaking out for no apparent reason.

The man said Johnson began stabbing furniture, including a couch where the homeowner had passed out, Van Auken recounted.

The man said Johnson later chased him with the weapon, but he locked himself in another room and left.

Van Auken concluded that, in addition to seriously injuring the homeowner, "it was evident that Johnson threatened several people with a knife and put them in enough fear that they had to flee the residence."

"It was evident that Johnson threatened several people with a knife and put them in enough fear that they had to flee the residence," wrote Cody Police Officer Josh Van Auken.

When police arrested Johnson, he said he hated the homeowner and called him an expletive, Van Auken wrote.

Deputy Park County Prosecuting Attorney Sam Krone successfully argued for bond to be set at $50,000 cash, citing past criminal convictions and noting that someone was injured in last week's incident.

A preliminary hearing, to determine if there's enough evidence for the case to proceed to District Court, is tentatively set for Thursday.

~ By CJ Baker

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