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Anthony woman arrested after clinging to moving car during wild spat

Samantha Joyce Johnson

An Anthony woman was arrested after a wild domestic argument that reportedly included her hanging on to the passenger door of her man friend’s moving car.

Samantha Joyce Johnson, 25, of 14401 NE 47th Ave., was charged with simple domestic battery after the incident, which happened around 6 p.m. Wednesday outside her residence. Johnson and the victim have been in a continuous relationship for three years and have a child in common, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office report.

The victim told a sheriff’s deputy that he and Johnson were in an argument that became physical when she started swinging her arms at him, striking him multiple times with a closed fist. The deputy observed a fresh bruise starting to form on the victim’s right cheek and a cut on his left cheek, the report said.

The victim said he was trying to leave the incident location when Johnson ran into his vehicle and tried to grab an item from the front seat. He said when he was trying to leave, Johnson fell to the ground, then jumped back up and onto the vehicle’s passenger-side door. The victim said they traveled a short distance with Johnson on the door before she got off, according to the report.

A neighbor was standing outside while the altercation was happening and observed most of what happened. She said she saw the couple arguing and Johnson swing at the victim multiple times. The witness said she wasn’t sure if Johnson made contact because they were moving backwards out of her view. The victim’s injuries are consistent with his and the witness’ statements, the report said.

Johnson was not at the scene when the deputy arrived. Asked by phone what happened, she said nothing other than the victim trying to run her over. She was hesitant to give details about the situation at first, saying only that he tried to run her over. Johnson later said the victim did run her over, but she declined multiple times to meet with the deputy to show and document any injuries she had, according to the report.

The deputy called Johnson the next day and asked to meet with her. She said she wasn’t home and couldn’t meet that night. The deputy went to the incident location and found Johnson was indeed there. Asked how the victim received his injuries, Johnson admitted to swinging at the victim but couldn’t recall if she hit him and didn’t know how he got the injuries, the report said.

Based on the evidence, Johnson was deemed to be the primary aggressor and placed under arrest. She was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she was released Friday on her own recognizance.

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