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Man wanted for choking co-worker at landscaping job in Kingspoint

Rodney Johnson, 49 (Courtesy James City County Police)
Rodney Johnson, 49 (Courtesy James City County Police)

James City County Police are looking for a man who allegedly strangled a co-worker while landscaping in Kingspoint.

Police have warrants for felony aggravated assault by strangulation and felony assault against 49-year-old Rodney Johnson, according to police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams.

Johnson has also been known as Rodney Dushack, Williams said. He is about 6 feet 8 inches tall and his last known address is on Mooretown Road in James City County.

Police believe Johnson was working for a landscaping company Sept. 9 in the 200 block of Southpoint Drive when a 31-year-old co-worker made a joking comment toward him, Williams said.

Johnson did not take the remark as a joke, causing the two to get into a verbal altercation.

Johnson put his hands around the victim’s neck and started choking him. The victim grabbed Johnson and pushed him.

Johnson swung a stick at the man, got behind him and started choking him. The 31-year-old told police he became disoriented as he was being choked.

During the struggle, the victim also was cut by an unknown object on his chest, Williams said. The cut required stitches.

Those with information about the incident or Johnson’s whereabouts should contact the James City County Police Department at 757-253-1800 or 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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