Angel nail spa closes after owner’s ‘violent’ assault

SANTA CLARA, Calif.

— The owner of an Angel nail salon in Santa Clara has been charged with assault and battery following a May 5 assault at a customer’s home, the California Department of Justice said Friday.

John C. Johnson Jr., 54, of San Jose, is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said Johnson was arrested on suspicion of assault and assault and obstruction of a peace officer.

Cindy Smith, a spokeswoman for the department, said Johnson pleaded not guilty.

In court documents, Smith said Johnson allegedly hit Smith twice with a closed fist.

“It’s not clear exactly how many times Johnson punched Smith but it was not very many times,” Smith said.

Smith said she saw Johnson punch Smith in the chest, face, head and groin and that Smith had to pull her pants down to her knees.

Smith said that she told Johnson to get off her.

Smith, who said she suffered a bruised eye, said she later went to the police department to report Johnson’s behavior and he told her he would not report Johnson for the next two weeks.

I thought he was trying to protect me, she said in an interview with ABC News.

She said Johnson told her that he was in a rage after Smith told him she was going to report him for the alleged assault.

According to court documents released Friday, Smith told the police that Johnson had attacked her when she and her daughter had a dispute over a phone bill and that Johnson allegedly punched her several times and knocked her to the ground.

Johnson’s attorney did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Johnson, a retired police officer, told the Santa Clara Daily News in an email that he and Smith were both upset with the other because Smith did not pay her bill on time.

He said he told Smith to stop screaming and that she refused.

When Smith told Johnson she was in pain, Johnson allegedly grabbed her and started to beat her, the email said.

Smith’s daughter said she heard Smith’s screams and ran to get help.

But when she reached Johnson’s apartment, Smith saw Johnson in a wheelchair and tried to stop him from assaulting her daughter, the woman said.

Johnson’s attorneys did not return a call for comment Friday.

Johnson pleaded not false imprisonment.

Santa Clara County officials said in a statement that Johnson has been released from custody.