Man charged in Laurel after social worker locks herself in bathroom

gkocher1@herald-leader.comOctober 3, 2012 

A London man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly pointed a loaded and cocked pistol at a social worker, according to a news release from the Laurel County Sheriff's Office.

James R. Johnson, 20, was charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree wanton endangerment, and fourth-degree assault, the sheriff's office said.

Shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday, deputies responded to a complaint at Tom Cat Trail, six miles east of London, where a social worker had locked herself in a bathroom to seek refuge during a fight that broke out while she was conducting an investigation.

Johnson became enraged during the investigation and ran across the street to the home of a neighbor who he believed had complained to social services, according to the news release. An altercation erupted when Johnson allegedly threatened Darrell Grubb.

Grubb got a firearm, and asked Johnson to leave. Johnson allegedly assaulted Grubb, took the firearm away from Grubb, pointed it at Grubb, and threatened to kill him, the sheriff's office said. Then Johnson went back home, taking the Ruger Blackhawk pistol with him.

The social worker locked herself in the bathroom for protection. Johnson allegedly pointed the gun in the direction of where the social worker sought refuge, the release said.

Johnson was taken to the Laurel County jail.

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