Tahlequah Daily Press

April 23, 2013

Struggle with police leads to arrest

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A Tahlequah man who allegedly grabbed a young family member out of bed and fled was arrested after a struggle with police Saturday.

Calvin Ray Hall Jr., 50, was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center for kidnapping a minor and resisting arrest.

According to Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies, Hall was involved in an argument and later took the child from a bed before getting into a vehicle and leaving. Authorities began searching for Hall, and learned he might be headed toward a local business. Hall spotted deputies who were already at the location, and sped away, according to authorities.

Hall was stopped a short time later by Deputy Michael Cates, who said the child was in the back seat. Hall was “very hostile” when Cates asked him to step out of the car, and allegedly began to scream at Cates, saying he wasn’t going to jail. He continually refused to get out of the vehicle and tried to lock the door and leave, but Cates was able to get the vehicle door open.

A report of the incident says Hall and Cates began to grapple before Deputy Robert Sparks arrived and tried to assist Cates in subduing Hall.

Cherokee Nation Marshal Bronson McNiel arrived and, by pressing his Taser up against Hall’s side, tried to “drive stun” the man into compliance, but the shock of the Taser pressed against Hall’s body seemingly had no effect.

After a continued struggle, McNiel then fully deployed his Taser onto Hall.

Hall then complied with officers and was placed into handcuffs.

Booking records indicate Hall was held on a a $20,00 bond and was released Monday.