A Gainesville man was arrested late Wednesday on child abuse and other charges after an officer saw him trying to push a woman off a porch.
Christopher L. Johnson, 31, had lived with the victim and her 5-year-old son for about three weeks in a home Johnson's parents owned in the 2700 block of Northeast 57th Boulevard. Johnson was arrested around 11:10 p.m. on charges of child abuse, battery, hindering someone's communication with law enforcement, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Gainesville Police Department.
The woman told police that Johnson had threatened to throw them out and had grabbed her son by the arm and tried to push him out of the front door. The woman said that, when she tried to call 911, Johnson ripped the phone out of the wall, disconnecting the call.
In his report, Sowards wrote that he heard screaming and yelling as he approached the home.
"As I walked up, the front door swung open and I observed (Johnson) grabbing (the woman) by both arms dragging her out the door," Sowards said. "I observed (Johnson) push (the woman) toward the end of the porch toward the stairs in an attempt to push her off the porch." Sowards also said the woman was screaming, "No, let go of me."
While Sowards was talking to the woman, she told him that Johnson was keeping marijuana in the Johnson told Sowards he was not trying to push her down the stairs but was carrying her out of the home. Johnson's version of events was that he had not ripped the phone out of the wall, just disconnected it, accoding to police. He also said he had never touched the little boy.