Tahlequah Daily Press

January 29, 2013

Two jailed after man threatens girlfriend with sword

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Two people were jailed Sunday after a man allegedly brandished a sword and threatened his girlfriend.

Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to East Allen Road to investigate a domestic disturbance. Tahlequah police officers had initially been on the scene, but learned the home was outside the city limits. Before deputies arrived, Tahlequah officers began talking with those involved in the disturbance and had detained a man as a safety precaution.

Deputies said 32-year-old Linda Faye Watson, of Tahlequah, claimed she was awakened by her boyfriend, 37-year-old Jeffrey Allen Thompson, of Tonkawa. Watson said Thompson was holding a sword to her throat and threatened to harm her. She said Thompson might have been intoxicated at the time.

Thompson told police he wanted to “get intimate” with Watson, but she turned him down. They then started to argue, and Watson began to yell at Thompson, he told police. Thompson became angry, grabbed a sword and began to swing it around before stabbing the weapon into the floor, he told authorities.

When Watson went to call police, Thompson hid the sword under the mattress of a 5-year-old child.

As deputies were at the residence investigating, they noticed a glass smoking pipe on the headboard of a bed, and asked Watson if she had anything they needed to know about.

Watson later told them she had the pipe. Deputies said they also found pieces of cut straws and a container with six clear, plastic bags containing a white residue.

Thompson was arrested on charges of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, while Watson was booked for an outstanding warrant and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to court records, Watson was charged with failure or neglect to compel a child to attend school last November.

The 5-year-old child who was at the home Sunday was taken into custody by a family member, according to deputies.