Tahlequah Daily Press

April 16, 2013

Bunch man accused in knife threat

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah police arrested a Bunch man Friday after he allegedly held a knife to a woman’s throat and assaulted her.

Michael George Bunch, 24, was held on charges of domestic abuse and assault with a dangerous weapon.

Tahlequah Police Sgt. Steve Young’s arrest affidavit indicates he and other officers responded to a call Friday after a woman said Bunch assaulted her Wednesday at about 3 a.m. The victim said Bunch was upset at her because she had been talking with other male friends on Facebook, and accused her of “doing stuff” with them.

Bunch held the woman down on her bed and claimed she was lying, according to Young, and then began to hit her on the head and back. Bunch later apologized to the victim.

Early Friday morning, Bunch allegedly woke the victim, placed a knife to her throat and rubbed it across her cheek, making accusations similar to those he had made on Wednesday.

The alleged victim said Bunch also acted as if he was going to stab her with the knife, but finally calmed down and left her alone. When Bunch fell asleep, the victim left the home.

Bunch was later located and arrested by police. Young said the knife allegedly used in the threats against the woman was located under a mattress in a bedroom.

A tomahawk and two brass knuckles were also recovered, and police were told Bunch was not allowed to have the weapons as part of his probation rules.

Young said Bunch has a previous arrest out of Arkansas for third-degree domestic battering, and a first-degree burglary case in Stilwell.