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Brainerd man faces criminal charges for allegedly threatening to kill victim

Jeffry Wayne Johnson

A 51-year-old Brainerd man faces criminal charges for allegedly threatening to kill a woman and cutting her from "limb from limb."

Jeffry Wayne Johnson was charged Tuesday in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd with five felonies—second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of stalking, making terroristic threats and domestic assault.

Johnson appeared before Judge Kristine DeMay, who posted unconditional bail at $100,000 or $500,000 with conditions, which include he cannot leave the state, cannot possess or use alcohol, controlled substances or firearms and cannot enter a bar or liquor establishment. Johnson's statement of rights were read and he applied to have a public defender represent him. His next court appearance is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. March 5.

According to the probable cause court document filed in court, Brainerd police were called at 1:56 a.m. Saturday to a physical domestic dispute at an apartment in Brainerd. The reporting party stated Johnson, who was known to her, had threatened her with a knife.

The woman told police Johnson held a knife to her throat, told her he was going to kill her, going to "cut her limb from limb" and threatened to have a biker gang come and kill her, the complaint stated.

Police found Johnson hiding in a laundry area of the apartment building and he was arrested.

While dealing with Johnson, the sergeant detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. Officers also located the knife allegedly used in the assault. The victim said Johnson recently purchased the knife and threatened her with it multiple times.

Johnson has numerous prior convictions for qualified domestic violence related offenses within the past 10 years, including but not limited to domestic assault violations in 2011 and 2014.