Man wanted for shooting girlfriend; keeping her captive

Bryant J. Johnson (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Bryant J. Johnson (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A Colerain Township man is wanted for shooting his girlfriend in the foot and then holding her hostage for hours before taking her to a hospital.

Police found Freda Benton at Mercy Franciscan in Mt. Airy suffering a gunshot wound to the foot. She was at the hospital with her boyfriend, Bryant J. Johnson, at this time. At the hospital, Benton blamed the incident on an attempted robbery.

When Benton was released from the hospital and away from her boyfriend, she contacted police, and told them what really happened. Johnson and Benton were arguing when Johnson was intoxicated and shot her in the foot. He refused to let her contact police or the hospital and held her against her will for hours. After four and a half hours, Johnson finally took her to the hospital.

Benton was afraid to tell police the real story while Johnson was in the room.

Johnson is a 38-year-old black male, 5'7", approximately 170 lbs., black hair, brown eyes, missing upper teeth, tattoos on both upper arm area, and a gunshot wound in his left upper arm obscured by a rose tattoo.

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