Tahlequah Daily Press

April 30, 2013

Break-in at shop lands man in jail

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A 35-year-old Muskogee man was arrested last week after he allegedly broke into another man’s shop building.

Raymond Owen Lewis Jr. was booked into jail for second-degree burglary, public intoxication and possession of paraphernalia.

Deputies were sent to check the status of a man who had been assaulted last week. Deputies found Lewis, who was “extremely” intoxicated by some type of drug, according to an arrest report. Lewis had suffered cuts and scratches on his body.

Lewis also allegedly had a syringe in his waistband, which deputies discovered at the scene.

Deputies later met with a man who lived nearby.

That man told deputies he arrived at his home and noticed a black trailer backed up to his shop, with some of his belongings on the trailer.

A small hole had been cut in the side of the shop, and it appeared as though the hole was used by a suspect to gain entry to the building.

The man told deputies Lewis was standing by the road with a “deer-in-the-headlights” glare.

The man approached Lewis and later was involved in a fight with the suspect.

The homeowner told deputies he is missing several saws, grinders and air compressors.

Lewis refused treatment by medics and was later transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center. Booking records show he was released the following day, and filed his own report with deputies saying he had been assaulted.