Tahlequah Daily Press

December 23, 2013

Suspect in protective order breach wanted dog taken to jail with him

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — After responding to a report of a protective order violation, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested a Hulbert man on Friday morning.

A report by Deputy Bryan Qualls states he was called to the residence of Kathleen Ramutis on North 353 Road after she complained that Fred W. Walton, 47, was violating a protective order.

Qualls met Walton at the door, and advised the suspect that he was to obey the protective order, dated Nov. 17, by leaving the property and not returning. Walton reportedly told Qualls he had spoken with Associate District Judge Mark Dobbins, who told him it was OK to be there.

Qualls asked Walton for paperwork signed by Dobbins, which Walton said he could not produce. Qualls told Walton that, without a document signed by a judge, the protective order must be upheld, to which Walton allegedly replied he was not leaving.

After asking Walton three times to gather his belongings and leave, Qualls states that Walton said, “I guess you will just have to take me to jail, then.”

While placing the suspect in custody, Qualls says, Walton tensed and refused to move his right arm. After being cuffed, Walton insisted that his dog be placed in the vehicle with him.

When Qualls refused to take the animal along for the ride, Walton reportedly said, “Then I’m not getting in the truck.”

Qualls’ report states that Walton then pulled his arm away and pushed the deputy with his shoulder. Qualls pushed the suspect against the vehicle and advised him that if he did not get inside, he would be sprayed with pepper spray.

Walton then got into the vehicle and was transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center to face charges of violating a protective order and resisting arrest.