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Assault on elderly leads to arrest

May 18, 2012

On May 11, 2012, at 11:43 p.m., Officer Stewart Stanfield, was notified by the Antlers Police Department communications that an assault had taken place against an elderly female on “E” street in Antlers.

Upon arrival, the office made contact with the 63 year old female, Elaine C. Gibson, who stated that she lived at the residence and her grandson, Timothy D. Baker of Antlers, a 22 year old Indian male, had grabbed her hair on the left side of her head and pulled her down to the ground. Gibson declined medical attention.

Gibson later stated that Baker was intoxicated and that she wanted him out of the house. The officer made contact with Baker inside the home and he was unsteady on his feet, falling into furniture and wall fixtures. Baker also had slurred speech with mood changes from crying to wanting to fight.

Attempts to calm Baker down were unsuccessful and during the interview, Officer Stanfield witnessed Baker hit an adult Indian male in the right shoulder with a closed fist in an attempt to instigate a fight, the male was identified as his uncle. The officer also witnessed Baker push Gibson, causing her to step back. Baker also hit the officer with a closed fist in the left shoulder stating that he (Baker) wanted to fight.

The officer states in his report of the incident that it appeared that Baker was not going to cooperate and was looking for a fight. The officer requested additional units for assistance if possible. He then asked Baker to walk outside with him to the police car and told him that he could ride in the back to jail. Baker walked outside the residence onto the porch but would not go any farther.

Pushmataha County Sheriff’s Deputies, Russell Bailey and Barrell Nichols, arrived at 12:18 a.m. Baker was advised that he was under arrest and to put his hands behind his back. Baker immediately started to fight the officers. At this time Baker was thrown to the ground on the porch steps and handcuffed. Baker continued to resist and had to be dragged to the patrol car.

While inside the car, Baker attempted to spit at Office Stanfield, twice, through the cage. Baker continued to try to fight while located inside of the drunk tank at the jail. No signs of injury were observed on Baker during the intake.

Baker is being charged with Aggravated Assault and Battery, a felony, and Resisting an officer, a misdemeanor. If the court finds him guilty of these charged Baker could face a maximum punishment of 6 years imprisonment, or a fine of up to $1,000.00, or both. Bakers first court date is set for June 13, 2012.

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