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Accused in whiskey bottle assault turns self in

Alex Green • Feb 14, 2014 at 5:42 PM

A Port Clinton man accused of putting a man in intensive care by striking him with a whiskey bottle turned himself over to Port Clinton police Wednesday night.


Jeremiah Johnson, 25, of the 900 block Virginia St., remains in the Ottawa County jail on $30,000 bond for a felonious assault charge.


He had been at large since Feb. 1.


Port Clinton police Detective Corbin Carpenter said Johnson appeared at the police station with his lawyer, likely acting on the lawyer’s advice. “We tell people it’s best for them (if they turn themselves in),” Carpenter said. “We don’t want them to get hurt, or officers or the public when they try to run.”


The victim, Adam Mitchell, 28, of Port Clinton, was breathing with the use of a ventilator for about two days following the assault.


Carpenter said Mitchell returned home from the hospital, but the long-term problems from his injuries remain unclear. “He cannot be left unattended,” Carpenter said. “He’s slow-moving, he has memory loss.”


Mitchell has two large lacerations on his skull and is bleeding from the brain, Carpenter said.  He also suffered a burn on his arm. After Johnson struck him with the bottle, Mitchell fell onto a mounted heater, Carpenter said.


On the day of the assault, officers were called to Mitchell’s West Fourth Street home, where they saw a blood trail leading up to the front door, a police report said. When police got to Mitchell, he was lying on the floor covered in blood as a person held his wounded head in a towel.


Blood was also found around the outside of the home and the interior of a car parked nearby, the report said.


Johnson has been convicted of two previous assault-related charges in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court — once in 2007 for felonious assault, then again in 2008 for attempted felonious assault.


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