AUSTIN (KXAN) — Jury selection begins on Monday for the man accused of sexually assaulting a boy over the course of three-years. He is also the suspect facing separate charges for numerous rock throwing cases on Interstate 35 that left a trail of blood spanning two years.
Patrick Johnson will be in court this week for the aggravated sexual assault of a 15-year-old child from 2012. The boy claims Johnson would give him drugs and alcohol. The trial could begin with opening statements as early as Tuesday.
According to the victim, he met Johnson when he was 12 and would hang out at Johnson’s trailer. Over three years, the victim said, he was sexually assaulted between 50 and 100 times by Johnson.
Neighbor Gilberto Rendon said Johnson would go “around giving kids in the neighborhood candy and ice cream and trying to lure [kids] into his trailer.”
Additionally, Johnson is the main suspect related to dozens of rock throwing cases along Interstate 35. Police arrested Johnson for throwing rocks in June.
While police have not said if he is responsible for all of the nearly 100 rock throwing cases. They do say he caused “the lion’s share” of them. Johnson currently faces half a dozen charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
While most of the victims only received vehicle damage, three people were severely injured. One victim suffered brain damage when a rock came crashing through his windshield in June 2014.
In the two years since, the number of cases swelled to more than 90. In June of 2016, Austin police announced the arrest of Pat Johnson, the suspect they believe is responsible for most of the cases which have plagued I-35.
Suspicions were raised after Johnson showed up at several rock throwing scenes, spoke to the victims and reportedly took pictures. Police say he called 911 numerous times to report cases as well as being in the vicinity where attacks were reported.
The APD rock throwing tip line (512) 974-7999 is still open for any tips or information regarding the attacks.