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Austin man to be sentenced for grocery store hostage situation

Jeremy Johnson

Authorities say he held scissors to a cashier's throat.

Posted: Aug 13, 2018 1:48 PM

AUSTIN, Minn. – A sentencing date is set for a man arrested after a hostage situation at a grocery store.

Jeremy Reid Johnson, 50 of Austin, was charged with 2nd degree assault with a dangerous weapon, terroristic threats, and false imprisonment after a November 15, 2017 incident at Jim’s Marketplace on 11th Street NE. Police say Johnson came up behind a 17-year-old cashier and held a pair of scissors to her throat.

Witnesses described Johnson as rambling on about the government and police.

According to court records, Johnson filed a petition to plead guilty on Monday and his sentencing is scheduled for January 18.

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