Police: Econo Lodge kidnapper begged woman not to call authorities

September 4, 2013 

Demetrius Johnson

An hour's worth of begging couldn't deter a woman from calling police after the father of her children allegedly beat her, then forced her to stay in a room at the Veterans Parkway Econo Lodge, according to a Recorder's Court hearing.

Demetrius Johnson, 22, was arrested Monday after Columbus Police freed a woman he was allegedly holding captive in Room 118 of the hotel. He was heard on charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment, family violence simple battery, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon during a Wednesday morning Recorder's Court session.

Cpl. Casey Conrad told the court police arrived at the hotel at about 3 a.m., after receiving a call from the 22-year-old victim, who said Johnson was holding her against her will. Johnson did not put up a fight once officers arrived, and released the woman shortly before he was taken into custody.

When officers searched the room, they found two grams of marijuana and a small handgun. Johnson told officers the gun belonged to the victim, but claimed possession of the marijuana.

The woman told the court her hour-long kidnapping began when she first reported Johnson to police for allegedly beating her at an unspecified location Sunday. The victim has four children with Johnson, and they were allegedly also threatened during the assault.

"Earlier that day he physically beat me," she said. "He was kicking me, punching me, everything. He said if I came forward then he was going to shoot up my house with my kids in it and everything."

After she reported the alleged assault, the woman embarked on a man-hunt for Johnson, eager to see him apprehended, Conrad said.

"She stopped at the Econo Lodge after recognizing a car belonging to one of his girlfriend's," Conrad said. "When she watched the girlfriend enter her car and exit the parking lot, Johnson approached her and forced her into the hotel room."

There, the victim said Johnson blocked the door physically and pleaded with her not to call police. She said he didn't want officers involved because he had active warrants for a contempt of court violation.

"He kept saying, 'No, no, no, don't call the police,'" the woman told the court. "He kept saying it was a choice to call. I told him it was his choice to beat me."

When Judge Michael Cielinski asked if Johnson had any statements, he said he did not force the victim to enter the hotel room, but that she rushed into the room after seeing him with another woman.

"She's my baby momma. She ran into the room herself because she was trying to fight the girl," Johnson said. "When she got into the room I told my girl to leave. I kept trying to talk to her, saying that we could work it out another way, we didn't have to get the police involved."

Johnson also said this wasn't the first time the victim has tried to have him arrested.

"She does this to me all the time," he said. "She brings me up before a judge all the time and tells the court all kinds of stuff."

Cielinski set Johnson's bond at $42,000. His case will be forwarded to Muscogee County Superior Court.

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