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Prescott man charged with battery after allegedly hitting 90-year-old

A Prescott man has been charged in Pierce County Circuit Court with battery of an elderly person, a felony that brings a maximum penalty of $10,000 and/or six years prison, if found guilty.

Craig A. Johnson, 54, 616 Hilton St., is accused of striking a 90-year-old man in the face on May 5. His next scheduled court appearance is a 3:15 p.m. May 19 preliminary hearing.

According to the criminal complaint, Prescott police responded to Johnson's address on that day and found the victim sitting in the living room, with his face covered in blood. Johnson was also there, allegedly admitted to striking the victim, and was immediately arrested.

When being interviewed, Johnson allegedly explained the victim was sitting in a chair in the dining room area, when Johnson hit him with an open hand and knocked him out of the chair and onto the floor. He then allegedly hit him one or two more times while he was on the floor. Johnson allegedly told police that he believes the number of strikes was about five to 10.