By JOSH NEWTON
Tahlequah police say a fight early Thursday morning led to a man being stabbed 16 times.
Anthony R. Sims, 19, was held on a $100,000 bond at the Cherokee County Detention Center Thursday morning. Sims could face two charges of assault and battery with a deadly weapon.
Tahlequah Detective Bryan Swim said officers Reed Felts, Tony Aguilar and Cory Keele responded to the 600 block of East Cherry just before 1 a.m. Thursday when a caller told 911 dispatchers about a stabbing. Officers found 21-year-old Dalton Tolliver lying on the ground, covered in blood with multiple stab wounds to his body.
Police said there were several witnesses at the scene, and Sims was also still in the area, when they arrived. Officers asked for assistance from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Northeastern State police and Cherokee Nation Marshal Service when other people began to arrive at the scene. Swim was later called in to investigate.
According to Swim, Tolliver and Sims were both living at the home with their girlfriends, who are sisters; and their girlfriends’ father. There were also three children in the home when the stabbing occurred, police said.
Witnesses told Swim that Sims and Tolliver were arguing “because Sims had called Tolliver’s girlfriend a bad mother,” the detective wrote in his affidavit.
Swim said he spoke with Harold Scott, who owns the home, and learned Scott was cut twice on his leg when he tried to break up the fight. Scott was treated at a local hospital for his injuries.
Sims was taken to the Tahlequah Police Department and declined to speak without a lawyer, according to Swim.
Tolliver was taken to Tahlequah City Hospital and later transferred to a Tulsa hospital. Medical staff reported Tolliver had suffered 16 stab wounds in areas on the front of his body, his leg, and his back.
Investigators recovered a pocket knife that was identified by witnesses as the weapon used by Sims to stab Tolliver.
Police believe alcohol played a role in the altercation.