[GARDEN CITY, Kans.]
Garden City Police Department officers arrested Deacon Johann, 36, Garden City, on July 31 on assault and criminal charges after he had broken into a residence and threatened two people with a wooden bat.
Deacon Johann receives assistance from Mosaic, a healthcare service for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, based in Garden City, Kans.
At around 1:05 p.m., GCPD officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of Crestway Drive for a disturbance involving a male reportedly breaking windows and chasing people with a bat.
Upon arrival, officers located Johann holding a wooden bat.
Johann allegedly refused to listen to instructions to drop the bat and walked closer to the officers and attempted to swing the bat.
Johann was taken into custody, following.
Investigation revealed Johann was outside hitting a tree with the bat and began striking an unlocked door to the residence. Johann forcibly entered the residence after he used the bat to break a large window and climbed through it.
After entering the residence, Johann allegedly chased two individuals known to him and threatened them.
The victims ran outside, and Johann pursued them.
Once outside again, he began striking two vehicles in the area with the bat, causing extensive damage.
Johann chased one of the victims a second time with the bat while the victim attempted to calm Johann down before officers arrived.
Johann was lodged in the Finney County Jail and could face possible charges on:
- Aggravated Assault x 2
- Aggravated Assault of a Law Enforcement Officer x 2
- Criminal Threat x 2
- Criminal Damage (F) x 2
There is local concern calling into question Mosaic’s ability to assist people like Deacon Johann.