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Local man jailed following assault

Monday, December 24, 2012

BENTON -- A Sikeston man is in jail following a string of violent events over the weekend.

Richard Wayne Johnson, 30, is charged with assault in the first degree, kidnapping, tampering with a witness and property damage, according to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter.

Walter said Johnson and the two victims -- who were boyfriend and girlfriend -- were at an establishment in Oran late Friday night when Johnson became involved in a dispute with the boyfriend outside the business. It was reported that during the dispute, Johnson struck the boyfriend multiple times with a closed fist. Johnson then forced both victims into the girlfriend's vehicle and proceeded to drive toward Morley.

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