All he wanted was her buns…
“Bardstown Police arrested a convicted sex offender Thursday on charges he stalked a 19-year-old female employee at McDonald’s for the past several weeks.
According to police, Johnny Dean Johnson, 50, of Bardstown, who is a registered sex offender and has a previous stalking charge, would hang out at McDonald’s for hours at a time, follow the female employee outside when she took a break and even tried to follow her home at times.
Bardstown Police Detective Lynn Davis noted that the employee had to take alternative routes home to lose Johnson in traffic.
Thursday morning, McDonald’s reported a suspicious male with binoculars in a black 2001 Pontiac car parked near the dumpster and wooded area of the restaurant’s parking lot.
Police found a baseball bat, a folding knife, a wooden stick and a roll of duct tape in Johnson’s vehicle at the scene Thursday. They found the binoculars by his feet.
When Lynn Davis approached the vehicle, Johnson pretended to be asleep.
Johnson initially told police he was waiting to meet someone for work, then changed his story and said he was waiting to meet someone to go to Florida, Davis said. He then changed his story for a third time and told police he was just there to use the wi-fi.
A manager at McDonald’s declined to comment on the arrest Friday.
The 19-year-old employee told police Johnson had been following her when she would leave work. She also said Johnson would enter the restaurant, purchase one item off the dollar menu and remain in the store for hours.
When she would go on break and go outside, Johnson would follow her and act as if he was on his cell phone, Davis said.
Davis said the woman does not know Johnson.
“She said he is a total stranger,” Davis said, noting that Johnson had tried to speak with the employee briefly before.
According to Davis, a no trespass order has been issued against Johnson, who now has to stay off McDonald’s property.
Johnson’s vehicle was also impounded at the scene Thursday.
Davis said Johnson is on the lifetime sexual offender registry, has a previous stalking charge and an extensive criminal record.
Johnson lives at 209 Honeysuckle Lane, according to the Kentucky State Police sex offender registry and the police citation written after Thursday’s arrest.
According to the registry, the offenses that required Johnson to register as a sex offender were two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and unlawful confinement. The victim was 33.
Among the other charges on his six-page criminal history are two counts of first-degree stalking, violation of an emergency protective order, terroristic threatening, second-degree forgery, first-degree criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking, first-degree wanton endangerment (police officer) and convicted felon in possession of a handgun.
Johnson was arrested Thursday and lodged in the Nelson County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond. As of Friday afternoon, he was still behind bars.
He is being charged with second-degree stalking and failure of owner to maintain required insurance.
Johnson was arraigned on those charges in Nelson District Court Friday.
The investigation is ongoing. Bardstown Police request that anyone with information about the incident call 348-6811.”