Police searching for man who held girlfriend hostage

(Photo: Ansonia Police)

ANSONIA, Conn. (WTNH) — Ansonia Police are asking for help locating Justin Bohn, 38, for allegedly holding his girlfriend hostage at knife-point over the weekend. A quick look into the criminal history of the suspect reveals he has been convicted of similar crimes within the last few years, including guilty verdicts for assault, strangulation and unlawful restraint.

“We found out that the female was held for approximately two days, almost two and a half at (Bohn’s) residence,” said Ansonia Police Lt. Andrew Cota. “During that time she was threatened with a knife, he physically assaulted her and choked her.”

It started inside a multi-family home on Winter Street, where Bohn lives last Saturday. Police said Bohn choked her so hard that she lost consciousness. It’s not clear how, but the victim eventually ended up at Griffin Hospital, where doctors called police to report her condition.

“We want to protect the victim at all costs,” Lt. Cota said. “Best way to do that is get him in custody.”

Neighbors watched as Ansonia Police busted in Tuesday night, in search of Bohn.

“You hear about five guys screaming ‘police, we’ve got a warrant!'” said Kylar Maldonado, who lives across the street. “All you hear is hard slamming on the door and they say it five or six times.”

The thought of someone being held hostage right across the street is disconcerting, especially since the block is normally filled with children outside playing.

“We all look out for each other. For each other’s children and family,” said Kimberly Burr, a mother who lives across the street. “So something like that hits very hard.”

If you see Justin Bohn, you’re asked to call either Ansonia or your local police immediately. Just some of the charges he’s facing are kidnapping, strangulation and assault.