A Johnstown man accused of trying to rob a woman at gunpoint during a drug dispute will answer criminal charges in Cambria County court.
City police said Shane Cordarell Johnson, 25, of the 400 block of Coleman Avenue, demanded $600 and drugs when he showed up at the woman’s apartment at the Oakhurst Homes on Feb 16. Johnson allegedly pulled out a black pistol and told the woman he would hurt her if he didn’t get his money.
After the woman called a relative to ask for $300, Johnson allegedly forced her to leave two children, ages 5 months and
7 years, while they went to get the money.
When they arrived at the second location, police said, the woman was able to run into the home and call police.
She identified Johnson, who had fled but later turned himself in to police.
Johnson appeared Tuesday before District Judge Michael Musulin of Johnstown and waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
He orignally was charged with kidnapping, simple assault, reckless endangerment, terroristic threats and disorderly conduct. The kidnapping charged was withdrawn.
“I don’t think the facts as we view it justified even the filing of that (charge),” said Johnson’s attorney, Robert Davis Gleason of Johnstown.
A charge of firearms not to be carried without a license was added.
“It was added after the fact because the officer who filed these charges did not have an opportunity to run his (criminal) history to see if he did in fact have a license for that gun,” Assistant District Attorney Jessica Aurandt said.
The gun has not been recovered, she said.
Johnson also waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges stemming from a two-vehicle wreck near Giant Eagle in the city’s West End on Dec. 22.
Johnson, who was driving his girlfriend’s Mazda, allegedly struck a vehicle and then left the scene.
He was charged with an accident involving damage to attended vehicle, driving with a license that had been suspended or revoked because of driving under the influence, and failing to stop at a traffic signal.
Johnson was returned to the Cambria County Prison, where he is being held on $100,000 bond.
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