Tahlequah Daily Press

May 16, 2013

Two hurt in attack at apartment

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Two people were hospitalized and a third was arrested Wednesday morning after an attack at Pleasant View Apartments.

Authorities are still putting together the pieces of the early morning incident, but Tahlequah Police Detective Jeff Haney said he was called to the scene at about 2:30 after James Armontrout broke a window, entered the home, then assaulted a male and female acquaintance inside.

Armontrout – who had previously been in a relationship with the woman – was apparently angry when he went to the home. Alcohol may have also played a role.

The male victim retrieved a pistol to defend himself when Armontrout, 33, entered the apartment, but Armontrout allegedly took the man’s gun and beat him with it.

Haney said it doesn’t appear Armontrout used the gun to assault the female victim, but she did suffer injuries through other means.

At some point during the altercation, the pistol was fired three times. Investigators are still trying to determine who shot the gun, but no one was struck by the bullets.

After the assault, Armontrout allegedly became concerned that he had critically injured the man and woman, so he contacted a Northeastern State University police officer, whom he knows, to report the assault. That officer contacted Tahlequah police, and they responded with assistance from Cherokee Nation marshals.

Armontrout was eventually booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center for assault with a deadly weapon, first-degree burglary and domestic violence. Haney said other charges are possible as the investigation unfolds.

The firearm used in the alleged assault was recovered as evidence, along with spent shell casings and bullets that were dug out of the carpet and molding inside the residence.