Attempted murder case moves forward against man alleged to have stabbed ex-girlfriend and her lover

Charges have been handed down against the enraged ex-boyfriend who allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend, nearly killing the latter.

A grand jury has indicted Brandyn Johnston, 24, of Pomona on eight felony counts for the attack that took place at his girlfriend’s New City home including two counts of attempted murder and assault, and one count of burglary and criminal possession of a weapon, Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe announced.

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 September 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.” He threatened to “cut his face open” in a separate text message, the charges state.

The allegations state that at approximately 11 p.m. on September 17, the defendant followed through on his threats, kicking in the door to the woman’s home and brandishing a knife before stabbing the ex-girlfriend in the elbow and torso. He then allegedly proceeded to stab 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.

The charges against Johnston are 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 and one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a class “D” felony.  Johnston faces a maximum of 25 years in state prison on the top charge.

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