A man told detectives he was “using marijuana and cocaine” the night he allegedly attacked a clerk at the Econo Lodge Inn & Suites, according to testimony Thursday in Columbus Recorder’s Court.
Alvin Bernard Johnson, 33, pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated assault stemming from the Oct. 9, 2014, incident at 1024 Veterans Parkway. He was ordered held in the Muscogee County Jail under a $25,000 bond.
Judge Julius Hunter bound the case over to Superior Court.
Columbus Police Sgt. Dan Lyon said authorities were called to the Econo Lodge Inn & Suites on Oct. 9, 2014, to investigate an assault. Police spoke to the victim, a hotel employee who was bleeding with multiple from facial wounds.
She told police that she was instructed to go to Room 220 between 2 and 3 a.m. to check on a broken television. After she entered the room, a man shut the door behind her and asked, “Can I have you?”
She replied, “No.”
“At that time, she attempted to leave the room,” Lyon testified. “At that time, he grabbed her, put his hands around her neck and started to choke her.”
She said the man pushed her to the ground and put his hands over her mouth and nose until she lost consciousness.
“You could tell there was a struggle inside the room,” Lyon said.
The victim said she remembered checking the suspect into the hotel two days prior. She said he was dressed in a blue and black stripped shirt when he attacked her.
Officials spoke with a witness who said they heard the woman screaming at 2 a.m. in the morning but didn’t call authorities. He identified Johnson as the occupant of Room 220.
A woman close to Johnson said he called her after the incident and said “he did something bad.” He didn’t elaborate, but he said he would admit himself into the Bradley Center, according to police.
Officials located Johnson at the Bradley Center and questioned him about the incident. He allegedly admitted to being in the room.
“He stated that he was using marijuana and cocaine that night, and he ran out of cocaine,” Lyon told the judge. “After that, he just remembers looking for more cocaine.”
Lyon said Johnson denied attacking the woman. Detectives found a black and blue stripped shirt in his bag.
An arrest warrant was issued for Johnson on Oct. 23, 2014, but he had already checked himself out of the Bradley Center. He was taken into custody at 1 p.m. Tuesday.