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Police: Sycamore man forced roommate to snort drugs

Published: Monday, July 21, 2014 10:47 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014 8:40 p.m. CDT
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Joseph M. Johnston, 19, of the 100 block of East Maplewood Drive, in Sycamore, was charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault and domestic battery.

SYCAMORE – A 19-year-old Sycamore man is accused of shooting his roommate with a BB gun multiple times and forcing him to snort crushed prescription drugs, court records show.

Joseph M. Johnston, of the 100 block of East Maplewood Drive, was arrested Sunday on charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault and domestic battery.

Police said Johnston accused his roommate of having sex with his girlfriend and shot the BB gun, which looked like a handgun, in the roommate’s arm about 7:33 p.m. Saturday. Johnston ordered the victim to retrieve his items from the home, when he shot the victim several more times, according to court records.

Johnston also threatened to shoot his roommate in the face unless he snorted crushed Ritalin, a stimulant typically used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, court records show. The victim snorted the Ritalin, got sick, and had his fiancée drive him to Kishwaukee Hospital’s emergency room, where police said they spoke with him.

If convicted of the most serious charge, aggravated battery, Johnston would face probation or up to five years in prison. Associate Judge John McAdams set Johnston’s bond Monday at $5,000. Johnston’s next day in court is scheduled for Thursday.

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