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Charges link man to domestic abuse and terror across two states

ST. PAUL - Johnny Frank Logan III was charged Tuesday with beating his off-and-on St. Paul girlfriend of 15 years in June.

2015 photo of Johnny Frank Logan III, 32, of Saint Paul, was charged Wednesday with first-degree assault and felony domestic assault in Minnesota. He is awaiting trial for four counts of domestic violence and one count of aggravated assault in North Dakota. (Photo Courtesy of Ramsey County sheriff's office)
Johnny Frank Logan III

ST. PAUL – Johnny Frank Logan III was charged Tuesday with beating his off-and-on St. Paul girlfriend of 15 years in June.

Facing charges of felony domestic abuse and first-degree assault in Ramsey County District Court, Logan now is in Cass County Jail in Fargo after he was arrested in Brooklyn Center, Minn., on June 27 and extradited weeks later.

Logan is awaiting trial in North Dakota on four counts of terrorizing domestic violence and a count each of reckless endangerment and aggravated assault.

According to the Ramsey County criminal complaint:

Logan strangled and beat his girlfriend, identified as J.L.F. in the complaint, between June 17 and 19, shortly after they moved into an apartment in the 1800 block of Magnolia Avenue. He then took her truck and pawned her things, while she lay in her new apartment, heavily bruised.

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At 5:53 a.m. June 19 Logan dropped off J.L.F., 34, at Regions Hospital. He explained that J.L.F was woozy from an overdose of cold decongestant.

Once J.L.F. was admitted, nurses and doctors noticed her heavily bruised body and the cuts and finger-shaped bruises on her neck.

Doctors diagnosed a stroke from a clot in her neck. They performed emergency brain surgery and gave her a 20 percent chance to survive.

Logan, 32, left the hospital that day and then called J.M.F.'s mother, E.M.F. in the complaint, the next morning. He told E.M.F that her daughter had suffered a stroke.

Logan also told her J.L.F.'s red Ford Explorer had been stolen.

The truck was repossessed about an hour after Logan took J.L.F. to the hospital, according to police.

Logan called E.M.F. days later and requested a ride to the hospital. E.M.F. went to pick Logan up at J.L.F.'s new apartment and noticed that nothing had been moved in yet and that J.L.F.'s Xbox and two TV sets were missing.

Logan was seen pawning those items at two pawn shops the day before he took J.L.F. to the hospital June 18, according to an automated pawn shop system.

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E.M.F. called 911 on June 23 and told police she thought Logan was responsible for her daughter's stroke. Police caught up with Logan on June 27 in Brooklyn Center, at the home of a woman with whom he has children.

Before he was charged Tuesday in Ramsey County, Logan was extradited July 8 to North Dakota, where he had outstanding warrants.

Logan told police there that he had not assaulted J.L.F. He said her body had been bruised by rough sex and told police that the bruises on her neck were hickeys.

Logan told police he had taken J.L.F. to the hospital because he thought she had overdosed.

"I didn't do nothin,' " Logan said to police.

It took J.L.F. more than two months to recover to a state in which she could speak with police-she had suffered a moderate to severe stroke, according to doctors-and she spoke with a halting cadence in late August and early September.

"He hurt everybody," she said.

J.L.F. is expected to recover.

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In North Dakota, Logan's lengthy rap sheet includes a conviction for felony domestic violence and felony assault. In Minnesota, he has been convicted of second-degree assault.

While behind bars in North Dakota, Logan was in a jailyard fight over a basketball game and has threatened three women.

"I wish I could smack the s--- out of you right now," he said to one woman. His trial in North Dakota is set to begin Oct. 20.

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