NEW CITY – A Pomona man was arraigned on an eight-count indictment in Rockland County court.
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe announced that Brandyn Johnston, age 24, was arraigned on an eight-count indictment charging him with Two counts of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, class “A” Felonies, Three counts of Burglary in the First Degree, class “B” violent Felonies, One count of Assault in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony, One count of Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a class “B” Violent Felony, One count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony.
District Attorney Zugibe said, “The defendant’s jealousy turned violent, resulting in the senseless attack on a young woman and the wounding of an innocent man. She fell victim to the defendant’s explosive temper and, as a result, will suffer physical and emotional pain for the rest of her life. The perpetrator now faces the possibility of 25 years behind bars.”
On Sept. 17, 2017, Johnston allegedly sent a series of threatening text messages to an ex-girlfriend and mother of their child. According to the charges, the content of the messages blamed the ex-girlfriend for “everything that’s gunna happen.”
The defendant also allegedly threatened the woman’s new boyfriend via text message, writing he would send the man to the hospital “on sight.”
Johnston also threatened to “cut his face open” in a separate text message.
At approximately 11 p.m. on Sept. 17, the defendant kicked in the door to the woman’s home. According to the charges, Johnston brandished a knife before stabbing the ex-girlfriend in the elbow and torso. The defendant then stabbed the woman’s current boyfriend approximately 12 times about the face, chest, stomach and back. The male victim suffered a collapsed lung and underwent emergency surgery
Johnston faces a maximum of 25 years in state prison on the top charge.