Winslow, Maine – A local man was arrested early Sunday after he allegedly cut a woman with a knife and tried to run away from police after he was handcuffed.

Joshua R. Johnston, 25, of 40 Cushman Road was charged with domestic violence assault, aggravated criminal trespassing, criminal mischief and escape. His bail was set at $5,500 and he was being held at the Kennebec County Jail in Augusta late Sunday afternoon.

Winslow police said they responded to a domestic disturbance call at an apartment on Marcoux Street shortly after 3 a.m. The caller, a 26-year-old woman, said she had gotten into an argument with her boyfriend, Johnston, and that he refused to leave her apartment, according to Lt. Michael Tuminaro.

Johnston allegedly used a knife against the woman and cut her lip, Tuminaro said. Officers Ben Loubier and Haley Fleming found Johnston hiding in the bathtub and arrested him, he said. Johnston was uncooperative while in custody and had to be subdued with pepper spray.

When the officers arrived at the police station, Johnston tried to get away, Tuminaro said.

“They opened the door and he just pulled very forcefully away from Officer Loubier and pulled free and started running down the road with the handcuffs behind his back,” Tuminaro said. “They did have to pursue him because he did not obey commands to stop running.”

Tuminaro said the officers cornered Johnston, and Fleming apprehended him with the threat of stunning him with a Taser. Both officers escorted him back to the station this time and he was booked about 3:50 a.m., Tuminaro said.


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