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Eviction dispute ends in arrest

A man upset over being evicted ended up in jail after he reportedly beat his landlord with a cane Sunday.

Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence in the 14000 block of Perimeter Road after a report of a physical fight at about 10 a.m., according to dispatch reports.

When deputies arrived, a man identified as Harry Walter Johnson, 55, came out of a trailer with blood pouring down the side of his face, said Sheriff Keith Royal. Another man subsequently came outside with a gun tucked into his waistband and was detained before it was determined that he was the victim, Royal said.



Johnson reportedly was being evicted from a trailer belonging to the 72-year-old victim, who was not identified. According to Royal, Johnson had been threatening and bullying his landlord’s wife on Facebook, and they subsequently got into an argument on the phone.

“She told him to talk to her husband about the eviction,” Royal said.




When he arrived, Johnson and the landlord reportedly got into a “heated” argument and Johnson began beating the victim with a cane.

The victim took the cane away and starting using it against Johnson, forcing him back to his trailer, Royal said, adding that Johnson then threatened to get a gun, so his victim armed himself.

A search of Johnson’s trailer reportedly uncovered a disassembled rifle as well as a cane sword.

He was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats and possessing a cane sword, and was released in lieu of $25,000 bail.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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