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INDIANAPOLIS — The man behind the downtown assaults of multiple women last week has been charged. 

Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears said Thursday that Victor Johnson, 37, has been charged with 22 counts, including Attempted Murder, Attempted Rape, Criminal Confinement, Attempted Kidnapping and Attempted Sexual Battery. 

On June 17, just after 5 p.m., Johnson came up to two women on the 900 block of Fayette Street. Witnesses say Johnson grabbed one of the women and assaulted her. Johnson ran after the women started calling the police. 

Later, at 6:30 p.m., Johnson came up to another woman and asked her for a hug in a parking lot near the intersection of New York and Alabama Street. She said no, and began running to her car. However, Johnson prevented her from closing the door, and later took out a knife to attack her. Several bystanders chased him away. 

The next day, on June 18, officers were called to an assault at the Veteran’s Memorial Plaza. Two women said Johnson came up to both of them, and asked them to touch him. When they said no, Johnson pulled out his knife and attacked them. A woman, who was asleep nearby, was also attacked. 

While officers were dealing with the incident at Veteran’s Memorial Plaza, officers were sent to Walnut and Illinois Street for a woman stabbed in the neck. The victim was walking on the Cultural Trail when Johnson found her. 

Witnesses say Johnson threatened to have sex with her before assaulting her. During the assault, Johnson grabbed her several times, including once in the neck. This woman was also helped by witnesses, who chased after Johnson.