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Woman claims she was detained, beaten for 3 months, police say

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Posted - Feb. 27, 2020 at 5:21 p.m.



WOODS CROSS — A Woods Cross man has allegedly been beating a woman in his apartment and not allowing her to leave since before Christmas, police reported.

Johnathon Charles Fresh, 44, was arrested Wednesday for investigation of aggravated assault, assault, unlawful detention, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Wednesday, Woods Cross police were called to an apartment complex at 1230 S. 500 West on a report of an assault, according to a police affidavit. A man told police “he woke up to the sounds of (a) woman being beaten.”

He tried to intervene but was punched in the face, according to the affidavit.

Officers went to Fresh’s apartment where they found him and a woman “who was bleeding from her nose and had several bruises all over her body. The female was hard to understand due to Johnathon having strangled her just recently. The female was eventually able to advise me she and Johnathon had been in a physical fight during which Johnathon had punched, kicked and strangled her,” the affidavit states.

The woman then told police she had been in the apartment “since before Christmas, unable to leave,” and that Fresh “only allowed her to exit the messy apartment three times in three months,” according to the affidavit.

The woman said Fresh deleted all the contacts from her phone and that she was not allowed to go outside or socialize without his permission, the affidavit states.

When police entered the apartment, Fresh locked himself in the bathroom, according to the affidavit. They were eventually able to talk him out and arrest him.

“Johnathon has physically punched, kicked and strangled the victim,” according to the affidavit. “The victim reported this is an on-going issue, and exhibited both old and new bruising all over her body.”

According to court records, Fresh was convicted of attempted drug possession in 2016 and had an outstanding warrant from that case at the time of his arrest for failing to show up to a court hearing.

Those who experience domestic violence can call police dispatch at 801-799-3000; the 24-hour victim advocate hotline at 801-580-7969; the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 800-799-7233; or the Utah LINKLine at 800-897-5465.

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