Johnson Lester, 95: Adorable Old Guy Charged With Aggravated Assault Not as Adorable as Once Presumed

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Johnson Lester, it turns out, is kind of a dick.
Earlier this morning, we commented that a 95-year-old man charged with aggravated assault was too adorable for anyone to be mad at. Then we got our hands on his arrest report.

Turns out, he has a history of domestic violence and his wife is currently in a shelter for battered women. His wife also has an order of protection against her husband, who was born during World War I.

Johnson Lester, 95, was arrested yesterday after crashing his Honda SUV into the home of his neighbor. That neighbor happens to be a Department of Public Safety officer.

See our story on Lester here.

The officer then watched as Lester began crashing the SUV into the front of his house, specifically, into the master bedroom where the officer and his wife had been sleeping.

The officer tried to stop Lester from ramming into his house with the SUV, and even fired a few rounds into his vehicle. But he didn't hit Lester, who continued to crash the SUV into the house.

Lester was finally stopped by a planter on which the SUV became stuck.

Officers arrived on the scene as Lester became stuck on the planter. When they arrived, he was still accelerating and smoke was coming from the SUV.

Officers opened the car door to try to remove Lester, at which point he took a swing at one of the cops.

Lester, who is deaf, didn't speak to police. He did, however, give a written reason for his bizarre actions. That reason: he "got even with those people" for "messing with [his] house!"

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Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Bullets bouncing off engine blocks makes for dead innnocent bystanders.   Nothing a cop should have to think about though.    He is after all a highly trained DPS officer.   He knows best.    However if it was you or I shooting up the SUV, we'd be under arrest and then sued by the old man.   He might have dementia but he won'tl get 24 hour paid for care if he doesn't have the resources to pay for it.   In our loving society, no one gets anything without plenty of money.   So, just because you diagnosis him from the other side of the monitor... he doesn't automatically receive proper health care like everyone of us should without having to worry about the money.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Mr. King, I was curious by your first headline. Are you still wanting to give his geriatric miscreant a hug? I will thinking along the lines of a nice choke...

It's odd that the DPS officer shot into the car. I'm not expecting that shooting to be found to be justified, especially if the occupants of the house were no longer in the house and in danger. But, hey, we do live in Arizona....

vic
vic

Domestic abuse, of course.   He is 95 with an illness that often makes people, with dementia/ alzheimers, violent.  He is old, confused,deaf and not functioning well and needs help, not punishment. Hopefully, he will be given health care, on an incare basis, now. He needs to be put into a nursing care wing that treats those with his condition.  I'm surprised that his wife did not do so instead of her leaving the home. Doesn't the poor man have a doctor?  This is just sad, hope he gets the care that he needs.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

" he "got even with those people" for "messing with [his] house!"

Sound's like the MCSO tactics.

James King
James King

 Tommy: I think a choke is probably justified. As for the shooting, I asked about that. The officer shot into the SUV's engine block, not at Mr. Lester. Think I'll go back to make that more clear.

Native Guns
Native Guns

"I will thinking along the lines of a nice choke......"

J-King might be capable of that. But hey, the deaf old man was born during World War 1. That's nearly a century ago. Any form of man-handling of the great old one, may result in a swift and sudden death. They(the MCSO detention dawgs) ought to be very very careful, as the great old one is brittle as well as fragile. He could fall to the concrete floor at any moment. He is a liability to the FF. I am not even sure if the angry geriatric lawman wants another death in his jails.

Stop domestic violence
Stop domestic violence

Seriously? Stop blaming the victim! This is the reason Domestic Violence is still acceptable in our society! If someone starts abusing me for any reason, it's not okay, and I'm getting out of the situation. I'm not going to continue to put myself in harm's way to get my abuser help. I'm glad she found help and a way out. I'm sure it wasn't easy for her.

wherewasi
wherewasi

Vic, I tend to agree with you theory.  I worked in a nursing home for several years and we had an elderly man who was cared for at home by his wife and he was violent with her.  She finally decided to admit him for care because she couldn't handle him.  We used to go in to take care of him in pairs because he became extremely aggressive.  And yes, he was suffering from extreme dementia and I would not be surprised if that is the case with Mr. Lester as well.

Mari Rose
Mari Rose

Poor man? Are you freaking kidding me? There is nothing to indicate that Lester has dementia or alzheimers or any other illness. Deafness is a condition, not an illness, and it has no bearing on whether or not he's a violent asshole.

And it's certainly NOT his wife's place to put her abuser's welfare over her own. If he needs a doctor, he should have driven that SUV to a hospital instead of into his neighbor's bedroom.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Mr. King, I had assumed he was shooting at the engine block, however anyone who's been in law enforcement will tell you it takes some seriously large, armor piercing, rounds to actually do enough damage to disable the engine. Holes in the radiator take much longer to stop the vehicle and he can keep going until the engine 'freezes' due to lack of coolant. Putting errant bullets out there just doesn't make good sense to me. Time will tell. Thanks for your reply.

politiKKKally incorrect
politiKKKally incorrect

I was thinking about his age. I am  kinda surprised that he lived this long, while harboring so much anger and bitterness at the world. I have to say his genes is what kept him alive all these years.

That's some lucky old bastard, eh?

wherewasi
wherewasi

There is also nothing to indicate that Lester does NOT have dementia or Alzheimers.  At his age and with his aggressive behavior I would think it more likely than not.  I'm thinking that if his wife didn't leave him until he was 95 years old, he probably hasn't been violent with her for their entire marriage, or she would have left long ago.

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