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Police: Man who abducted woman beat Erie homeowners, was shot by bystander

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ERIE, Pa.-- The man accused of abducting a woman in Oakwood Village also beat two Pennsylvania homeowners, police say.

Kyle Johnson (Photo courtesy: Cuyahoga County Department of Public Safety and Justice Services)

Kyle Johnson (Photo courtesy: Cuyahoga County Department of Public Safety and Justice Services)

Kyle Johnson was arrested on Tuesday in Erie. He was wanted by Oakwood Village police for abducting his ex-girlfriend, 23-year-old Brandi Shakir. She was found and is in stable condition.

Erie police said Johnson broke into a house on Crescent Drive and put Shakir in the basement before beating the homeowners. Two people heard screams and tried to subdue Johnson, but he escaped.

That's when one of the good Samaritans shot Johnson once in the leg and once in the back, police said. The shooting happened just as officers were arriving.

Johnson was arrested and taken to an area hospital for treatment.

The residents of the home were also taken to the hospital, where the woman is listed in critical condition. Police said it appears the house was targeted at random.

Oakwood Village police said Shakir was abducted from her mother's house Monday morning, around the same time a suspicious fire was reported.

Shakir already had a protective order against Johnson. According to police, he attacked her last week in Richmond Heights, leaving her with two black eyes and fractured eye socket.

Signs of an abusive relationship date back several months. Johnson was arrested January 9 on charges including aggravated menacing and drug possession after an altercation with Shakir. According to a Cleveland Heights Police report, Shakir said Johnson drove up next to her car in a parking lot behind a bar on Noble Road around 12:40 a.m., and they got into an argument.

Shakir told officers she tried to drive away, when Johnson accelerated, striking Shakir's vehicle so she couldn't move, according to the report. Police said they found marijuana in Johnson's vehicle, and he had cocaine on him.

Shakir filed a motion for a criminal protection order following the incident, according to the report.

Johnson's grandmother, Edna Johnson, who he lived with in Cleveland, said he didn't indicate any plans to take Shakir.

"I had no idea," Johnson said. "If you had told me this was going to be happening in the next couple hours, I would say, 'no.'"

Johnson said her grandson was distraught over his breakup with Shakir and had been trying unsuccessfully to reestablish a relationship.

"We're going to come to a solution to whatever the problem is," she said. "We're going to find out how this all occurred and how we can get him back to normalcy."

Pastor Larry Harris, of Mount Olive Baptist Church, said Johnson had been active in church programming.

"I'm very saddened this kind of thing could happen," Harris said. "It was just a wonderful story of what I knew of Kyle, on an upward bound, a young man headed out to higher heights, and to hear this, it's more than disturbing because you hurt for all parties involved."

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