(Abingdon, MD) Troopers investigate alleged kidnapping and serious assault case in Abingdon, Maryland. Accused is a registered sex-offender in Harford County, MD.
On August 30, 2009 at approximately 11:52 p.m. troopers from the Bel Air Barrack were dispatched to the 7-11 convenience Store located at MD 7 and Abingdon Road for a report of an assault. Upon arrival, troopers made contact with the female victim (39 yoa, Aberdeen resident) whom they found bruised and bleeding. The investigation revealed that the victim was a passenger in the suspect’s vehicle traveling from Aberdeen to Edgewood. The driver/suspect was identified as Paul Gerard Johnson Jr. of the 1000 block of Wingate Court in Bel Air.
According to the victim, Johnson refused to let her out of the vehicle when she requested him to do so. The suspect allegedly held the victim hostage threatening to harm her with a large bladed knife should she try to flee. Near the intersection of Abingdon Road and MD 7, the victim attempted to escape from the vehicle. The suspect grabbed her by her clothing causing her to be dragged alongside the vehicle for a short distance. The suspect then released his grasp, letting her fall to the pavement.
Troopers made contact with the victim and afterwards broadcast descriptions of the suspect and suspect vehicle to surrounding law enforcement agencies. A short time later, units from the Aberdeen Police Department located the suspect vehicle in the area of Route 22 and I-95. The suspect refused to stop for Aberdeen Officers and a short pursuit occurred which resulted in the suspect crashing his vehicle in the area of Route 22 and Bramble Lane, Churchville, MD. Johnson was then taken into custody.
Accused: Paul Gerard Johnson Jr., B/M, 40 yoa, 1000 block of Wingate Ct., Bel Air, MD. 21014. Charges: Kidnapping, False Imprisonment, 1st Degree Assault, 2nd Degree Assault, and Carrying a Concealed Weapon.