Man charged with strangulation, assault

Martin Carroll

Richmond police arrested a man Friday for first-degree strangulation and first-degree assault (domestic violence) after officers were called to a Fifth Street address, where it was reported two people were yelling inside an apartment.

When officers arrived, they could hear screaming inside the apartment, according to a citation. The door was open, so police tried to get the attention of the people inside multiple times. Officers then stepped inside and yelled toward the people before backing out.

Shortly after officers backed out of the apartment, Phillip Johnson (no image available), 60, Fifth Street, Richmond, approached the door, still yelling at someone else who was inside, the citation states.

Johnson told officers that the person still inside "had been 'shooting up meth in a hypodermic needle he had wrapped up in a piece of paper,'" the citation states. He said he woke up to them kicking and screaming because they were high on meth.

Johnson was holding onto his side and said his ribs may have been broken, the citation continues. When asked how his ribs had possibly been broken, Johnson said he didn't know how it happened. He later said it was because of the other person kicking him. He also said someone was paid to hit him in the eye the previous night while he was laying on a swing outside the residence.

Johnson said the other person was there for a birthday party and was allowed to stay at the residence, the citation states. Later, he was asked if he had struck or strangled the other person, and he denied touching the other person at all, saying they were the primary aggressor.

Johnson said the other person hurt their eye when they fell off a bed and hit a dresser while high on methamphetamine, the citation states.

Johnson suffered a cut on his forehead, a swollen eye with redness and possible broken ribs, the citation states. He was taken to a local hospital before he was taken to the Madison County Detention Center.

Officers also spoke with the other person (the victim), who also had a swollen eye and significant bruising, the citation states. They also had blood on their bottom lip, significant redness, along with speckling and bruising to their chest and neck. Police could tell their injuries were consistent with being strangled.

The victim said they were at the residence for a birthday party, and they were woken by Johnson taking pictures of them. Johnson then jumped on the victim and started strangling them, calling them names and telling them to die, the citation states.

The victim thought Johnson was going to kill them, but they were able to get away from him briefly until they felt something strike the side of their face and across the back of their head multiple times. The victim then saw that Johnson had a wooden club in his hand and was hitting them with it, according to the citation. The victim said they were again able to escape from Johnson, but the fight remained a very violent argument. The victim was then also taken to a local hospital.

After speaking with the victim, officers went to the hospital to talk to Johnson again, the citation states. Johnson couldn't keep his story straight and he also said he pushed the victim and caused the victim to fall down.

Johnson remained in jail Tuesday afternoon, according to online jail records.

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Madison County deputies arrested a man and a woman on warrants that charge each of them with fourth-degree assault (child abuse).

According to the warrants, between Aug. 1 and Sept. 2, the child suffered bruising to their body, and UK Pediatric Hospital determined the bruising to be from physical abuse.

The warrants state that both Lauren Marshall (no image available), 24, and Sean Sykes (no image available), 26, both of Barnes Mill Road, Richmond, were around the child multiple times between those dates. They both said the child's injuries came from the child falling over in a creek, which didn't match with the professional opinion of the pediatrician at the hospital.

Sykes and Marshall were arrested Monday afternoon on West Main Street and were taken to the MCDC. They were both released later Monday afternoon.

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The following was also arrested recently:

• Martin Carroll, 34, McKee, first-degree controlled substance possession (methamphetamine), public intoxication by a controlled substance (excludes alcohol), resisting arrest and first-degree controlled substance possession (heroin).

The Register collects and publishes police reports as a public service to its readers. The reports often contain allegations against individuals and do not mean the individuals actually committed a crime. All people named in connection with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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