Dayton man accused of strangling woman, attacking dog with machete

DAYTON — A Dayton man accused of strangling his girlfriend and attacking a dog with a machete has been formally charged.

Johnny Deangelo Pickens, 35, of Dayton was indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury on charges of strangulation, cruelty to companion animals, aggravated menacing and domestic violence, according to a spokesperson for the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

On Sept. 14 Dayton officers were called to a home after reports of domestic violence.

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The victim told officers that her live-in boyfriend, identified as Pickens, was angry and was threatening her.

She said that a few days earlier Pickens had allegedly strangled her and “hacked” her mother’s dog with a machete before hitting it with a blunt object “multiple times.”

The dog survived its injuries.

Pickens is in custody of the Montgomery County Jail where he is being held on a $25,000 bond.

He is set to be arraigned on Sept. 28.

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