Deputies search for man who assaulted woman at Meck County Courthouse

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) — An investigation is underway into an assault that took place at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon, the Meck County Sheriff’s Office said.

At approximately 12:18 p.m., MCSO deputies received a call about an assault on the eighth floor of the courthouse. Deputies immediately secured the building and began searching for the suspect.

According to the MCSO, a female victim said a suspect knocked on the door of her mental health area office and when she opened it she recognized him, he entered the room and he started hitting her on the head.

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The suspect is identified as Devonte Johnson, 24, who is a registered sex offender. Johnson fled the office and the courthouse after the assault. The victim suffered bruising and swelling to the face and was treated at the scene by Medic.

Johnson was last seen wearing a gray shirt with an orange Adidas logo, gray pants and a black backpack. There was no appointment at the courthouse at the time of the assault.

MCSO issued warrants for assault on a woman and aggravated assault for Johnson.

“It is very unfortunate that this happened, I am always grateful for the professionalism and response of our deputies,” said Sheriff Gary McFadden. “Now our goal is to apprehend this suspect to prevent this from happening again.”

Anyone who sees the suspect should contact Charlotte Crimestoppers at 704-334-1600.

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