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Youngstown man charged with kidnapping girlfriend jailed without bond

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Scott Krichbaum refused to set bail for a Youngstown man accused of beating and choking his girlfriend, then holding her against her will for nearly a week.

48-year-old Gunther Owen pleaded not guilty to charges of felonious assault, and two counts of kidnapping at his arraignment on Tuesday.

On January 17, Youngstown police were called to the Fifth Avenue Community Church where they found Antjaunette Johnson suffering from broken blood vessels in both eyes, as well as several cuts and bruises on her face and neck.

Johnson told officers that six days earlier, she was punched and kicked repeatedly by Gunther at their Thornton Avenue home.

Johnson says she passed out. When she regained consciousness, she says Gunther tied a rope around her neck until she again passed out.

She also claims that Gunther kept her locked inside their home for six days, so she could not go to the hospital and report the incident.

Johnson told police that Gunther told her that she was playing with his feelings because she doesn't love him.

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