A Lake Hallie man will spend one year on probation for following a woman he didn’t know around the Eau Claire Walmart while she was shopping, peppering her with personal questions.
The man followed the woman into the parking lot and got into her car, police say, and left the car only after the woman pulled a gun out of the glove compartment.
Chad W. Johnson, 37, 4087 130th St., pleaded no contest this week in Eau Claire County Court to a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. Two additional disorderly conduct charges were dismissed.
Judge Jon Theisen fined Johnson $443.
As conditions of probation, Johnson cannot have contact with the woman or the Eau Claire Walmart. He must maintain absolute sobriety and cannot possess weapons outside his residence unless approved by his agent.
According to the criminal complaint:
A woman told police she was at Walmart, 3915 Gateway Drive, at 2:45 p.m. April 23 when a man she did not know approached her and made a comment about her tattoo. The man, later identified as Johnson, continued to talk to her and asked her to come back to his residence so he could take nude photos of her.
The woman said no, but Johnson continued to ask her to come to his residence so he could take the pictures. The woman continued to say no and told him she needed to finish her shopping and then go pick up her children.
Johnson continued to follow her through the store and badgered her about taking nude photos.
The woman then approached a Walmart employee, who she knew, hoping talking to him would make Johnson go away. After the employee left to help another customer, Johnson again started to follow the woman and ask her questions.
The woman paid for her items and left the store, and Johnson continued to follow her to her car.
The woman got into her car, and Johnson entered the vehicle through the passenger door without the woman’s permission.
Johnson asked her to give him a ride home. She said she didn’t give rides to strangers.
Because she felt uncomfortable and threatened, the woman pulled her .38-caliber pistol out of her glove compartment.
Johnson told the woman he could see she was getting upset, so he left the vehicle and walked away.
The woman then left and called her mother and 911.
Surveillance video from Walmart backed up the woman’s version of events.
Johnson, who was intoxicated, was picked up by police on Golf Road. He said he was only “hitting” on women and had done nothing wrong.