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Police Reports 7-27-23: aggressive bar patron arrested for simple assault

Officers were called to the same place of business for the same man in the span of 24 hours.

On July 22, Tahlequah Police Lt. Matt Frits was dispatched to Ned’s bar in reference to an assault. The officer spoke with the victim who said he was sitting outside near the food truck when Jared Cole got in his face. Cole was told to get away before he allegedly shoved the victim into the food truck. Cole claimed he shoved the man because he shoved him first. Employees of the bar said Cole is the same man police were called on the previous night. The employee said he saw Cole assault the other man. Officers were called to the bar July 21 after Cole attempted to fight other patrons and employees. According to the police report, Cole was trespassed from the property during the incident. The man played loud music on a speaker in front of the bar. He was advised to turn the music down but he refused to do so and was arrested. Cole was booked on charges of simple assault, obstructing an officer, and loud music prohibited.

Officer Ohavyah Soto was called to Dollar General on South Muskogee Avenue July 17 for a report of a hit-and-run vehicle crash. The victim said an older model Chevrolet truck backed into her vehicle before speeding away. Deputies with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on the truck on Park Hill Road. Soto was told that the driver, Angela Reed, had a suspended driver’s license. Reed was arrested and booked for leaving the scene of an accident.

On July 17, Lt. Justin Leatherwood responded to Danny’s Muffler in regard to a stolen purse. A man said his daughter accidentally left her purse next to a snow cone trailer and they left the business. The man and his daughter returned to look for the purse but couldn’t find it. The owner looked at video footage and could see a man on a bicycle come by and take the purse. Leatherwood identified the man as Dakota Creason. Creason was located and admitted to taking the purse. He told officers where the purse was. Leatherwood said Creason was in possession of a bank card that belonged to the father of the victim. Creason also possessed methamphetamine and marijuana at the time he was arrested. Creason was booked for larceny of lost property and possession of a controlled dangerous substance and marijuana.

On July 20, Lt. Frits observed a man throwing his fists in the air in the parking lot of the post office. Frits made contact with David Lee, who kept moving uncontrollably. The officer said Lee appeared to be under the influence and went in to arrest him. However, Lee jerked away from the officer and CCSO Deputy Mark Smith stepped in to assist Frits. Frits said Lee continued to struggle with officers as they were placing him in the back of a patrol vehicle. Lee was transported to jail and booked for public intoxication and resisting arrest.

Officer Bo Smith was called to a residence on Cherokee Avenue July 21 for a man who was trespassing. Smith said he was dispatched to the same address for the same reason hours prior but he was unable to locate the suspect. The officer observed Bryan Hamilton sitting on the front porch of the residence when he arrived. Hamilton reportedly asked if he wasn’t supposed to be there. Hamilton was detained after Smith could smell the odor of alcohol coming from his person. The woman who called police said Hamilton was served with eviction papers and was told not to come back to the residence. Hamilton was booked on tribal charges for public intoxication and trespassing.


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