Errol P. Johnson. (Courtesy Portage Co. Jail)

Accused domestic abuser wanted by police

By Brandi Makuski

A Stevens Point man who failed to show up for a court appearance is now wanted by police.

Errol P. Johnson, 32, faces multiple charges relating to drugs and domestic violence stemming from a series of incidents dating back to 2016.

One recent incident occurred in last summer, when Johnson allegedly injured his former live-in girlfriend. According to the criminal complaint, the woman ran for help to the Family Crisis Center on June 22, 2017, where she received treatment for a head injury and employee called police.

The woman reportedly came to Johnson’s residence on the 2800 block of Minnesota Ave. to retrieve some clothing, when she found find Johnson intoxicated at about 11:30 a.m. About three hours later, a verbal argument escalated when Johnson pushed the woman, causing her to fall and hit her head on the edge of a dresser.

The woman pulled herself up, then grabbed her cell phone and car keys, the complaint said, when Johnson pushed her again—this time into the kitchen table, where she struck her foot.

The woman also showed police scars and bruises from past incidents with Johnson, the complaint said. She said on at least one occurrence, Johnson strangled her almost to the point of passing out. She had reported him for domestic violence in the past, according to the complaint.

When police asked the woman if she feared for her life, the woman said she had no idea what he’d do during his “episodes”.

A bench warrant was issued on March 7 by Judge Thomas Eagon after Johnson failed to show up for his pre-trial conference on Monday.

Among his 10 open cases, Johnson’s charges include possession of narcotics, second- and third-offenses of operating while intoxicated, possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia, battery, resisting an officer, four counts of disorderly conduct, and 13 counts of bail-jumping.

Anyone with information on Johnson’s whereabouts, are asked to call the Portage County Sheriff’s Office at 715-346-1400, or email [email protected]Anonymous tips can also be sent to Portage County Crime Stoppers.