Alachua County man arrested for reportedly hitting girlfriend with a hammer

Published: Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 8:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 8:15 a.m.

An Alachua County man was arrested early Thursday after reportedly hitting his girlfriend in the head with a hammer.

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Stephen Johnson, 63, of Gainesville, was charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm or disability and kidnapping an adult.

Alachua County Sheriff's Deputy David Brown arrested Johnson in Archer shortly after 3 a.m. after piecing together what had happened in the previous hour.

According to the arrest report, Johnson picked up his girlfriend in his truck and told her they were going to a gambling hall to get some money. However, the girlfriend told Brown that Johnson drove here to a secluded area, claiming he wanted to talk to her.

The girlfriend said that when she tried to get away from Johnson the first time, he forced her to sit in the bed of his truck. During a second attempt to escape from Johnson, the girlfriend said she hit him in self-defense. Johnson allegedly responded by punching her, then grabbing a hammer and hitting her in the head.

The girlfriend told Brown that she was able to break free when Johnson grabbed her shirt, which was ripped from her body as she fled from him.

The girlfriend ran to a nearby home to call 911.

While the girlfriend was being treated at an area hospital, she said Johnson had told her he planned to kill her.

Johnson was being held at the Alachua County jail on Thursday morning.

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