Tahlequah Daily Press

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August 2, 2013

Plumber accused of assaulting woman

TAHLEQUAH — Prosecutors have filed misdemeanor assault and battery charges against a local Kuk Sool Won instructor and businessman who allegedly grabbed a woman’s hand and tried to show her a martial-arts technique.

Tahlequah Officer Reed Felts filed a report in early July after responding to the Tahlequah City Hospital and speaking with Holli Powers about the incident.

Powers told Felts she was working at a NeoHealth facility on June 28. Powers said plumber Bobby Joe Moon, 61, was at the facility working on a toilet that day.

At the same time, a custodian was buffing floors in the facility. Powers said Moon approached her and asked why she wasn’t cleaning the floors.

Powers told Moon it wasn’t her job, and Moon allegedly told her he could make her do it.

Powers said Moon pulled her right hand out of her pocket and twisted her arm back.

Moon then allegedly asked Powers what she would do at that point to escape, and Powers told him she would typically kick somebody in such a situation.

According to Felts, Powers felt frightened at that point, and Moon released her. She then ran to the back of the building to escape him.

Felts said he contacted the custodian, but the custodian did not witness the alleged assault.

Felts spoke with Moon on July 2. Moon said he was joking when he asked the woman why she wasn’t doing the work the custodian was doing.

He said he told her he was “bigger and meaner” than her, and could make her do it, according to Felts’ report.

Moon, who described himself as a third-degree black belt, told the officer he then asked Powers if she would like to learn a technique that he teaches in his martial-arts class, and he grabbed her arm.

At that point, the woman pulled away, and Moon said he left.

Felts said Moon admitted Powers did not ask him to put his hands on her or to show her the technique.

Court records show a judge issued a warrant for Moon Wednesday.

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