Tahlequah Daily Press

February 10, 2014

Suspect threatens to harm cops and canine

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah police say a man arrested Thursday night became violent when he was taken to jail, and threatened to harm officers and a canine.

Officer Cory Keele’s arrest affidavit says police were called to West Willis Road for a disturbance. During the investigation, officers came across Randy Livingston, 40, of Tahlequah, who stumbled as he walked.

Keele said Livingston admitted he had an outstanding warrant, and that was later verified. Livingston was placed in handcuffs.

“I walked Livingston outside and he started calling me names and then advised me, ‘I’ll be your worst f---ing nightmare,’” Keele wrote.

Livingston allegedly began to pull away from Keele and threatened the officer’s canine partner, Bo, saying he would “bite his neck and rip it out.”

“On the way to the Cherokee County Detention Center Livingston was screaming at my K-9 partner some type of gibberish, saying, ‘I know f---ing German... ,’” Keele said.

Livingston allegedly threatened to sue Keele and began slamming his head into the patrol car’s cage.

“Livingston would then say, ‘See, you hit the brakes, causing me to hit my head,’” Keele reported. “Livingston continued to slam his head into my cage screaming, ‘I’m going to sue you.’”

Officers had to forcefully remove Livingston from Keele’s vehicle at CCDC. Keele said Livingston then began to spit on him, and ended up throwing himself forward to the ground. Keele said it appeared as though Livingston broke parts of his teeth.

“During the book-in process, Livingston became increasingly angry and verbally abusive to jail staff,” Keele said. “Detention staff had to restrain Livingston while trying to change him out due to violent behavior.”

Livingston was booked for threatening to perform acts of violence and resisting arrest. Booking records show he was released on a $7,500 bond Friday. Court records show Livingston has a previous Cherokee County conviction of reckless conduct with a firearm and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com