EPD: Man arrested after stabbing in Walmart parking lot, 1 hospitalized

EPD: Man arrested after stabbing in Walmart parking lot, 1 hospitalized
Published: Aug. 16, 2022 at 7:02 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2022 at 5:28 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - A man has been arrested following a stabbing in a Walmart parking lot on Evansville’s eastside.

Officials with the Evansville Police Department say they were called to the scene around 6:05 p.m.

EPD says a man was assaulted in the parking lot, and then moments later a woman was stabbed.

Officials say the woman was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital to be treated. Her injuries are non-life threatening.

Witnesses say the suspect, identified as 23-year-old Johnell Johnson, hit the man with a skateboard after smashing a truck’s window with the same skateboard. The suspect then fled the scene.

Johnell Johnson.
Johnell Johnson.(Vanderburgh Co. Sheriff's Office.)

Sgt. Anna Gray with EPD says officers described the scene as “mass chaos.”

She says it was surprising that Johnson admitted to officers that he was angry and took his rage out on random bystanders.

She says the first victim was loading groceries into his car and he and his wife saw Johnson vandalizing a vehicle with his skateboard.

Sgt. Gray says Johnson started skating away, but turned around and started beating him with the skateboard.

She says another lady in the parking lot was also loading groceries in her car and Johnson stabbed her. She was taken to the hospital for surgery.

Sgt. Gray also said a random attack like this is uncommon.

”Normally when we get dispatched to an incident like that, there has been some sort of dispute that got heated and then one person pulls out a weapon and the other person pulls out a weapon and then it kind of goes from there,” said Gray. “This is one of those where he was just literally riding through Walmart parking lot, and just decided to take out his rage on whatever or whoever he saw.”

EPD says they set up a perimeter and used K9 units to track Johnson. He was found and arrested in the Golden Corral parking lot.

Johnson was booked in jail on no bond.

Sgt. Gray says their EPD mental health officer has dealt with Johnson in situations before and will be following up with him after his release from jail for a mental health evaluation.

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