Maxx Johnson, 26, of Port Angeles is charged with kidnapping and raping a woman in June. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)                                ​

Maxx Johnson, 26, of Port Angeles is charged with kidnapping and raping a woman in June. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News) ​

Port Angeles man charged with kidnapping, rape evaluated again by Western State Hospital

PORT ANGELES — A 26-year-old Port Angeles man charged with kidnapping and raping a woman in June has been evaluated again by Western State Hospital to see whether he is competent to stand trial, according to court records.

However, the hospital has not yet submitted the results of Maxx Edward Johnson’s second examination, court records say. The second examination was ordered Oct. 18.

In a report filed July 11, Western State Hospital determined Johnson was fit to stand trial and that he did not exhibit impairing mental health symptoms.

After his first examination, Johnson told his attorney, Harry Gasnick, he has experienced auditory delusions and hallucinations and has a history of untreated mental health issues, according to records filed Oct. 18.

Johnson had concealed that information during the previous Western State Hospital evaluation “due to his fear of and misunderstanding of the purpose of a competence evaluation,” records say.

Report in June

On June 11, a woman reported to Port Angeles police that a man kidnapped her at knifepoint near Fifth and Laurel streets and forced her to accompany him to several areas south of downtown before taking her to an abandoned building west of downtown where he sexually assaulted her, police said.

The alleged victim told police she was walking near the alley behind Safeway on South Lincoln Street when an unknown man approached her from behind and held a knife to her throat, according to the probable-cause statement for his arrest.

The woman told police the man, whom she didn’t know, repeatedly said the name “Max” and said he was 26 years old.

The man then took the woman to various places surrounding downtown, including the beach in the west side of Estuary Park, before he took her to an abandoned house on West Second Street, court records say.

The woman told police the man forcibly had sex with her at the house.

She was able to escape after the man “passed out,” she told police. She then went to Olympic Medical Center, where she made the report and a sexual assault examination kit was completed.

After Port Angeles police issued a news release the same day, police received a call saying that Johnson matched the description that was provided, the police report says.

Johnson was arraigned July 15 and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Johnson is next scheduled to appear in court Thursday at 3 p.m.


Reporter Jesse Major can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at [email protected].

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