Tahlequah Daily Press

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August 7, 2012

Corrections workers involved in camp fight

TAHLEQUAH — Rangers with the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission responded to an assault Friday night at Arrowhead Camp among several Department of Corrections employees.

OSRC Capt. Bill James said one woman claimed to be a victim of an assault at the hands of another woman, described as her “boyfriend’s friend.” The self-described victim told rangers the other woman struck her in the face when accused of trying to have sex with the victim’s boyfriend.

But according to witnesses, the “victim” actually initiated the confrontation when she “chest-bumped” the other woman before midnight.

The witnesses claimed that woman had been drinking alcohol all day, and was being unreasonable. After chest-bumping the other woman and starting to throw a punch at her, the second woman defended herself by punching the aggressor, according to witnesses.

When two men attempted to pull the women apart, one of the men was punched in the face twice by the woman who started the fracas.

James said those involved in the altercation are all employees of the state correctional center in Hominy. Their names were not released because no one was arrested.

On Monday, a public information officer for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections said he wasn’t aware of the incident, and isn’t sure whether the DOC would conduct an investigation, since the altercation did not occur at a DOC facility.

James said everyone involved in the fight – which he described as the only disturbance call rangers received over the weekend – provided written statements. A report on the incident will be turned over to the District Attorney’s Office so prosecutors can decide whether charges are warranted.

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