Tahlequah Daily Press

April 8, 2014

Two jailed in wake of fight

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Two Cherokee County residents are in jail after a weekend burglary and assault.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Bethany Cervantes-Bell, 26, of Welling, for first-degree burglary and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; and 24-year-old Jeremiah Dewayne Mollie, of Bunch, for first-degree burglary.

Deputy Bryan Qualls was sent to the Caney Ridge area to investigate a fight. Qualls found Cervantes-Bell and Mollie, whose stories allegedly changed about the fight.

Witnesses claimed Cervantes-Bell and Mollie barged into a home occupied by three people. The pair were not invited in, according to the victims, but Cervantes-Bell allegedly used a baseball bat to hit one woman in the arm twice, and later punched the woman in the face.

Cervantes-Bell told deputies she had gone to the home, but claimed she never went inside.

Cervantes-Bell was given a $30,000 bond on her latest charges, plus two $5,000 bonds on probation violations. Mollie was denied bond and is considered a “flight risk,” based on his criminal history.

Mollie has previous Cherokee County charges of assault and battery, several counts of obstructing an officer, knowingly concealing stolen property, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and battery by strangulation, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication, domestic abuse-assault and battery, breaking and entering a dwelling without permission, and assault and battery upon a police officer.

Several of those cases are ongoing in district court. In some of the previous cases against Mollie, witnesses have been uncooperative with prosecutors.

The highest sentence Mollie has received as a result of a charge in Cherokee County is three years, court records show.

Cervantes-Bell has previously been charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, and public intoxication.

She was also charged last November with breaking and entering a dwelling without permission. She pleaded not guilty to that charge, but on March 17 was released for medical treatment. Court records indicate Cervantes-Bell was to have brain surgery as a result of being assaulted with an ax handle earlier this year.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com