Posted on September 5, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Thursday, Sep 6 at 5:51 AM
PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. -- On Bay Lake, Valerie Johnson spotted someone she did not recognize in a canoe approaching her property on August 11, 2011.
She was home with her two young girls. She said the man stayed in the canoe, but used an oar to attack the family's dogs.
"I saw him strike the dog in the face," said Johnson.
She said she called 911 and her husband. Then she went to the gun safe.
"I told him I was armed and not afraid to use it. At that point he said, 'I’ve got a gun too and I will come up there and show you and those girls how I use it,'" said Johnson.
The man stayed in the canoe. Valerie said she stayed inside the house and waited. Then her husband arrived.
"He’s whacking the dogs. I’m like, 'Hey, hey, hey,'" said Todd Johnson, Valerie's husband. She said her husband and the man began throwing punches.
"I hit him in his side, and he goes, 'Okay, I’ll leave,'" said Todd Johnson.
Court documents tell a different story. It turns out the man in the canoe lives across the lake. He told deputies that he was 25-feet away from the shore, and he claimed that Todd ran down the bank, jumped in the lake and attacked him.
The man reported that Todd flipped his canoe and hit him 20 times. The man was taken to the hospital reportedly with bruises and broken ribs. Todd Johnson went to jail.
"If he wasn’t on my property, beating my dogs, threatening my wife, it would have never happened," said Johnson.
Johnson said he has a court hearing on Thursday. He expects the trial to begin soon.