Tahlequah Daily Press

January 22, 2014

Tahlequah man accused of ramming woman’s van while she was asleep inside

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A 45-year-old Tahlequah man accused of ramming a woman’s van while she was asleep inside it was arrested on an assault complaint last weekend, and is now free on bond.

Sheriff’s deputies Josh Girdner and Tommy Moore were dispatched Saturday night after the victim claimed Ricky Carl Stafford had threatened her, then rammed his vehicle into hers.

The woman said she lives out of her van, and was sleeping when Stafford, a neighbor, pulled up behind her and drove his vehicle into her van. According to deputies, the woman’s van then struck a tree, and Stafford left.

While deputies were speaking to the victim, Stafford pulled onto his property.

Girdner said he and Moore approached Stafford and explained why they were there to talk with him, and Stafford became angry.

Stafford allegedly clinched his fist, walked toward deputies and told them, “You’re on my property and you will f-----g call me ‘sir.’”

Girdner said he asked Stafford to step back, but Stafford became “aggressive” and threatened to “whoop [Girdner’s] f-----g a--.” When Stafford refused to step back and comply with deputies, he was blasted with pepper spray and later taken into custody.

Girdner said Stafford’s vehicle appeared to have dents and scratches matching the damage done to the victim’s van.

Stafford was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center for assault and battery with a deadly weapon, resisting and obstruction. He was given a $40,000 bond and released, booking records show.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com