Tahlequah Daily Press

February 14, 2014

Tahlequah man jailed for attempted stabbings

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County authorities jailed a local man Wednesday evening after he allegedly tried to stab three people because of a dispute over $20.

Hurley D. Pitts, 40, of Tahlequah, was booked into jail for assault and battery with a deadly weapon. Pitts was also being sought for failing to register as a sex offender.

Tahlequah Officer Jake Keys responded to Grand China Inn Motel when Pitts allegedly approached Jessica Keys, Ralph Worster and John Hicks and accused them of taking $20.

Jessica Keys told officers Pitts later tried to stab the three of them with a large, silver knife. Pitts allegedly assaulted Hicks before the victims were able to escape and call 911.

“According to [Jessica Keys], Pitts then yelled to Worster, ‘Call the cops, I’ll kill a mother-f---ing cop,’” and chased Hicks behind the motel, an arrest affidavit says.

Police said they found Hicks, who had visible marks on his face, but Hicks did not want to press charges.

Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies went to Park Hill and arrested Pitts on his outstanding warrant. Records show Pitts has a lengthy history of previous convictions including forcible sodomy, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, burglary, unlawful possession of paraphernalia, and unlawful possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute.

Pitts’ 2004 suspended sentence on drug charges was set to end Oct. 5, 2014.

Pitts was scheduled to appear before a judge Friday morning to receive a bond amount on his newest charge. Booking records show he must pay more than $500 on the failure-to-pay warrant.