Man charged with assault for severely beating woman in Camp Washington

Woman assaulted by man with wooden board still recovering

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A Hamilton County grand jury has indicted a man on two counts of felonious assault after authorities say he assaulted a woman with a wooden board in December 2019.

The victim, Marcella Burt, says she is still recovering nearly six weeks after the alleged assault.

“They didn’t think I was going to make it through the night when it happened,” Burt said.

According to court documents, Rafael Johnson hit Burt with a wooden board, causing serious injuries.

Burt says she has three broken bones in her back, a broken neck, collapsed lung, shattered elbow, and three broken ribs, according to an affidavit.

She says she and Johnson had been friends for nearly 20 years and were arguing before he allegedly came from behind her and hit her with the board.

Burt says the assault occurred on Hopple Street in Camp Washington. Afterward, she says she made her way to the fire station on Spring Grove Avenue.

Marcella Burt
Marcella Burt (Source: Provided)

“I just collapsed in their driveway, reached into my pocket and called 911,” Burt said.

She was allegedly in and out of consciousness on the way to the hospital. She says she’s still in a lot of pain.

“My husband had to help feed me for a couple of weeks before I could even reach my mouth with my right hand, and I still can’t reach my shoulder with this left hand,” Burt said.

Court documents show Johnson was arrested about three weeks later.

“Something must’ve been building up in him to make him so angry from something so minor,” Burt said. “Never in a million years would I dream that I would be in harm’s way.”

Burt was in a full-body cast up until earlier this week. She says she will have to wear a neck brace until March.

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