Tahlequah Daily Press

May 9, 2014

Man arrested for assault, tearing up victim’s truck

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A Welling man was arrested Sunday after Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies responded to an assault call.

Kolton Fuson, 21, of Stilwell, called Sunday, saying he’d been assaulted by a man and his truck had been taken.

Deputies met with Fuson, who said a man later identified as Matthew Quinton Gourd, 25, of Welling, had assaulted him, threatened him with a knife, and chased him from his truck, a black and red Ford.

Deputies located the truck at Gourd’s residence in Welling, and talked to a woman in the house who said she’d been with Gourd earlier, but that he was not at home and she didn’t know where he had gone.

According to the report, an initial search of the home failed to produce Gourd, but one deputy observed a dog going into the woods behind the house, as if it were following someone.

Deputies then photographed damage to the vehicle, which included a shattered front window and multiple gashes to the body. Items believed to be used to cause the damage – a pickax and a utility marking stake – were found at the scene and photographed. The vehicle was removed from the scene.

A neighbor provided deputies with a statement saying he had seen Fuson being chased down the road by Gourd. The report indicates Fuson displayed injuries consistent with his story, except that the scratches were too shallow to have been caused by a knife.

During a second sweep of the house, deputies found Gourd in a garage. He was arrested and transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center, where he was booked for assault, malicious destruction of property and obstruction.

Gourd was released Monday on $5,000 bond and is awaiting a hearing.