Williams man arrested after a domestic fight

WILLIAMS – A Williams man was arrested Friday on battery charges after a domestic fight at a home on Keith Road.

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies were called to the home Thursday at 9:30 p.m.

The caller said there was a domestic fight with a knife involved.

Before officers arrived the suspect 55-year-old Brian Johnson had fled in a blue GMC Sonoma. 

Police found a woman crying and covered with blood. 

First responders from Indian Creek Volunteer Fire Department treated the woman’s facial injury until an IU Health Hospital ambulance arrived on the scene.

Other officers searched for Johnson, but were unable to locate him.

The woman told police Johnson struck her in the head with the butt end of a folded pocket knife and then placed the blade of the knife close to her right eye causing a superficial injury.

Johnson told the women he was going to kill her.

She also suffered a small injury to her left hand near her thumb.

Police say the woman suffered bruising around her neck where she says Johnson attempted to strangle her.

The woman refused to be transported to the hospital for treatment.

The woman was transported to a local motel for her safety until Johnson could be located.

Johnson was arrested Friday morning at 10:52 a.m.

Johnson told police he and the woman were in his truck when the two got into an argument. They were a short distance from their home on Keith Road when he pulled over and took his keys out of the ignition and was holding them. 

He says the woman jumped on him and her face met his fist which was holding the keys which caused the injuries to her face.

After the altercation, he put his keys back in the ignition and continued to drive home. 

The woman exited the truck and Johnson left. Police found no blood in the vehicle but did find blood on a cigarette in the truck.

Johnson was arrested on charges of battery with a deadly weapon, strangulation, and intimidation.

If you or someone you know is involved in a domestic violence situation and needs help, call Hoosier Hills PACT 24-hour crisis line at 1-888-883-1959 or visit their website at https://www.pactchangeslives.com/

The agency can provide emergency assistance with shelter to those in domestic violence situations.  Hoosier Hills Pack also provides assistance with court advocacy, protective orders, education, outreach programs, support groups, and more.