A Detroit Lakes man faces several charges after alleging threatening his wife and neighbors with an ax.
Jason James Johnson, 33, of Detroit Lakes, was charged in Becker County District Court with felony threats of violence and misdemeanor charges of fifth-degree assault, violating a no-contact order and fourth-degree criminal damage to property.
According to court records, on July 4 Johnson allegedly came home from work drunk, angry and verbally abusive. After he left the residence, his wife locked the door to let him cool down. When he couldn't get back inside, he allegedly went and got a large black ax, which he swung threateningly in front of the glass sliding doors. He then swung the ax at the back tires of her vehicle in the driveway.
He then focused his ire on the neighbors, an off-duty officer and his wife, shouting his dislike for police officers, pounding on their door, and threatening to break it down and to kill them. They called 911.
Concerned about the safety of others, the off-duty officer went outside to confront him, and saw him back in his driveway.
Local law enforcement officers arrived and Johnson was arrested without incident.
He appeared in court July 16 before District Judge GretchenThilmony, who set cash bail at $1,000 or bond at $10,000, with standard conditions, or bond at $30,000 without conditions.