Home invasion call ends in arrest


A reported home invasion in progress early Tuesday morning resulted in the arrest of a man who police say was found hiding in a bedroom closet.

Brian Johnson, who is also known as Bryant Johnson, forced the door of an apartment in the 3200 block of Old Warren Road at 3:20 a.m., and tried to hide when police arrived, Detective Mike Sweeney said in a probable cause affidavit.

Sweeney reported that when police arrived, they found an entertainment center had been put in front of the door by the female victim who was trying to keep Johnson out but that attempt failed.

A 10-year-old boy was found inside the apartment “holding a knife” and a “3 year-old boy was terrified,” Sweeney reported.

The female victim reportedly told police that Johnson was her former boyfriend and the two had lived together but he had moved out, and had been released from the county detention center this past Sunday after he allegedly threatened to kill her and himself.

Sweeney reported that Johnson had pleaded guilty to third-degree domestic battery on June 7, 2010, using the name Bryan Johnson, and to third-degree domestic battery using the name Bryant Johnson on May 3, 2011.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney ruled that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Johnson with residential burglary, a felony, and three counts of aggravated assault, all misdemeanors.

Kearney also ordered Johnson to have no contact with the female victim until the case is settled.