Police: Threats involved crossbow, chain saw
By ERIC FRANCIS
CORRESPONDENT | December 23,2013
Photo by Eric Francis
Wayne Johnson appeared Friday in White River Junction criminal court for an arraignment after police said he made threats with a crossbow and knife a night earlier.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A Springfield man allegedly threatened friends and police with a crossbow, a chain saw, a can of gasoline and a lighter, and a knife in the span of a few minutes.
Wayne Johnson, 36, pleaded innocent Friday in White River Junction criminal court to a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, as well as misdemeanor counts of simple assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.
He was released on conditions after his attorney said the incident Thursday night may have been related to a recent change in psychiatric medications.
Johnson told the judge he would seek mental health counseling as soon as his local clinic opens for business today.
A family member told police after Johnson’s arrest that he suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and “explosive anger disorder.” Johnson had been using heroin and bath salts, the relative said, and “escalating in his violent behavior since Thanksgiving.”
A crisis screen told Judge Karen Carroll that Johnson was cooperative and did not exhibit any symptoms that would warrant emergency psychiatric treatment.
Police said officers were called to Johnson’s home on South Street after a “visibly shaken and upset” acquaintance called police a said Wayne had just pointed a crossbow at her and a friend.
Police said Johnson taunted them, saying, “Come on, boys in blue.” He picked up a chain saw and threw it back down when ordered to drop it, police said.
A few moments later, police said, Johnson pulled out a lighter and grabbed a gas can off the porch. He acted as if he would douse an officer and then dropped the can, police said.
Johnson also pulled a knife out of his pocket before three officers tackled him to the ground and cuffed him, police said.
Police said they found a second knife and a small amount of marijuana in Johnson’s pockets after he was arrested. Johnson admitted to drinking several shots of rum, police said, but he denied taking bath salts or regulated drugs.