Shortly before noon on Wednesday, Nov. 20, Maui Police Officers arrested one of their own–Nelson Johnson–for allegedly assaulting his teenage daughter the night before, according to a Maui PD press release written by Maui PD Lt. Jayson Rego.
Here’s how Rego’s press statement described Johnson’s alleged actions:
“On November 19, 2013, at 9:40 p.m., The mother of the victim reported that her 13-year old daughter of Wailuku was slapped by her father following a verbal argument, which caused the victim to fall backward and hit her head on a wall mounted A/C unit. The fall resulted in the victim being transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment, where it was learned that she had sustained a concussion. The victim was later released from the hospital in good condition.”
The press statement adds that Johnson, an 18-year veteran of the PD, posted his $2,000 bail on the charge of Abuse of Family and Household Member and was released.
In case Johnson’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the same Maui Police Officer who assaulted MauiTime Publisher Tommy Russo back on April 12, 2011 in the Wailuku Municipal Parking Lot. If you’ll recall, Russo was out there that night attempting to photograph Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman, who was filming for his since-cancelled A&E show when members of Dog’s security team assaulted Russo. Russo then called 911, and Officer Johnson rolled up soon after. When Russo attempted to photograph Johnson, the cop then assaulted Russo. Russo later filed a civil lawsuit against the County of Maui and Johnson, which is pending in federal court.
Lt William Juan, Maui PD’s public information officer, says Johnson is now on administrative leave.
Photo of Officer Nelson Johnson from 2011: Tommy Russo
Nelson Johnson booking photo courtesy Maui Police Department
About Anthony Pignataro
Anthony Pignataro has been a journalist since 1996. He started work as MauiTime's Editor in 2003, took a couple years off starting in 2008, then returned to the staff in 2011. He's the author of "Stealing Cars With The Pros," a 2013 collection of his journalism and the Maui novels "Small Island" (2011) and "The Dead Season" (2012)–all of which were published by Event Horizon Press. In 2014, his one-act play "War Stories" won second place in the Maui Fringe Festival.