Man pleads not guilty in Saturday downtown stabbing

2014-07-18T12:06:00Z 2014-07-21T06:56:14Z Man pleads not guilty in Saturday downtown stabbingBy CLAIR JOHNSON The Billings Gazette

A man suspected of stabbing and wounding a woman in downtown Billings early Saturday denied assault charges in state District Court.

Johnny Henry Tillman, 51, a transient, on Friday pleaded not guilty to assault with a weapon and to felony tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, both felonies.

District Judge Ingrid Gustafson continued Tillman’s $50,000 bond pending a bond request later by the public defenders office.

Court records allege Tillman stabbed a 42-year-old woman, also a transient, three times after the two had been drinking together on Montana Avenue.

Police arrested Tillman after responding to a 3 a.m. report of the assault by the victim’s husband, who reported being parked behind the Ciao Mambo restaurant, 2301 Montana Ave. The husband had been waiting for his wife, who came to the vehicle with bloody clothes and said she had been stabbed.

The victim was treated at Billings Clinic with stab wounds to her back, right arm and neck, court records state.

Police found Tillman two blocks away and arrested him. Tillman had blood on his pants and hands. Police searched the area but did not find a weapon.

A prosecutor said Tillman has an extensive misdemeanor record that includes theft, assaults and other charges.

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