MANATEE -- A Bradenton man was charged with punching and throwing a brick at a woman during a birthday party, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Christopher Johnson, 45, was arrested at 11:34 p.m. Saturday at his home. According to a report, an intoxicated Johnson became enraged when the ex of one of the women at the party showed up. Deputies said Johnson begam screaming at everyone to leave his house.
As people were leaving, Johnson rushed at the victim and began punching her for no particular reason. According to a report, the victim fell on the ground and Johnson then picked up a brick and threw it at her stomach.
Deputies said everyone at the party intervened to protect the victim, who sustained a bloody lip from the incident. They began hitting Johnson and pulling him off her. At that point, deputies said a second victim jumped in and was bitten in the hand by Johnson. The second victim suffered a small laceration, according to the sheriff's office.
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Johnson fled the scene and later returned, according to a report.
He was charged with two counts of battery and was released Sunday from Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $1,000.