Tahlequah Daily Press

December 10, 2013

Local felon scooped up after woman, child attacked

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested a convicted felon over the weekend after he allegedly assaulted a woman and child.

Steven Jacob Fishinghawk, 35, of Tahlequah, was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center on a lengthy list of charges: aggravated domestic assault and battery on a minor child, aggravated domestic assault and battery, feloniously pointing a firearm, five counts of child endangerment, possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm while intoxicated, and resisting arrest.

When deputies arrived to investigate a disturbance, a woman said Fishinghawk was in a bedroom and had a gun. Deputies tried to speak with Fishinghawk, but he allegedly locked himself into the bedroom for a short time. He later opened the door but allegedly refused to comply with officers, and told them they would have to shoot him.

He was eventually forced onto a bed and handcuffed by officers.

Deputies said one of five children in the home had a large knot on his forehead, and a woman had a busted lip.

Fishinghawk allegedly used a baseball bat inside the house to hit walls, and later pointed a rifle at the woman. He then pushed her down and began to punch her, according to deputies’ reports, until five children in the house tried to pull him off. One child used a coffee mug to hit Fishinghawk in the head, and Fishinghawk then allegedly punched the child with a fist.

Deputies said Fishinghawk grabbed several knives, punched a TV and broke a phone during the incident.

The injured child was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Court records show Fishinghawk was given a $20,000 bond. He has previously been charged with larceny of an automobile and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com