A Coeur d’Alene teenager was being held Monday on charges that he stood over his girlfriend, raised an ax and threatened to kill her before briefly holding police at bay.
Steven J. Johnson, 19, also allegedly ran at police with a knife. Officers used pepper spray to thwart Johnson’s advance and eventually talked him into surrendering, according to a police report.
Johnson is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and is being held in the Kootenai County Jail on $10,000 bail. He also was booked on unrelated arrest warrants for grand theft and discharging a firearm within the city limits.
Police said they heard glass breaking and found Johnson’s 27-year-old girlfriend, Dawn Winebarger, kneeling outside a basement window when they arrived Friday at the Melrose Street home the two share.
Winebarger was hysterical and told police Johnson had threatened her with an ax while she was lying on the bed, police reports said.
The two began arguing when Winebarger asked Johnson to leave, and he armed himself with the ax and a couple of kitchen knives, she told police.
Winebarger managed to escape through a window with her children and took them to a neighbor’s house.
Neither Winebarger nor the children were injured.
Johnson, a construction worker, then blocked the only door into the house with furniture and refused to come out for police.
When officers and Winebarger climbed inside the house through a window, Johnson charged at them with the knife, police reports said. Johnson then locked himself in a bathroom before surrendering several minutes later.
Johnson was treated at Kootenai Medical Center for a cut on his left wrist. He received eight stitches before being booked into jail.
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