Johnson man arrested on robbery, strangulation, drug charges

Matthew Gooslin
Matthew Gooslin

DEBORD, Ky. — A Johnson County man found himself facing felony charges, after multiple encounters with police over the weekend.

Martin County Constable Tony Preece was called to a trespassing complaint at Debord just before 9 Saturday night, and told the subject of the complaint — Matthew Gooslin, 40, of Wittensville — that he would have to leave.

But police were called to the home about 90 minutes later, over a report that Gooslin had allegedly returned, kicked in the front door, and strangled a woman inside. She also reported several items missing.

A sheriff’s deputy later located Gooslin and pulled him over. He was allegedly found with the woman’s driver’s license, credit card and health insurance card in his pocket.

When he was turned over to Kentucky State Police, he was placed in the back of the cruiser while the trooper interviewed witnesses. The trooper wrote in his report that Gooslin ignored multiple commands to stop kicking the door and head-butting the cage until he was given a one-second dose of pepper spray in the face.

Gooslin was taken to jail on robbery, strangulation and other charges.

Once he was searched at the jail, guards allegedly found two bags of meth inside a body cavity, after which Gooslin allegedly assaulted one of the guards. He was additionally charged with promoting contraband, assaulting an officer, and meth possession.

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