Tahlequah Daily Press

June 17, 2014

Alleged assault lands local man behind bars

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A Tahlequah man remained behind bars Monday after being accused of assaulting a woman who was trying to protect a teenager.

David Vanburen Finch, 43, of Tahlequah, was booked into jail for domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor.

Finch was arrested by Sheriff’s Deputy Jarrick Snyder when the alleged victim called 911 to report being assaulted by Finch. The woman disconnected the phone after speaking with 911, and later told Snyder nothing had happened.

Snyder said the woman had a busted lip and a bleeding nose, but denied anything had happened between her and Finch.

A witness told deputies Finch and a 17-year-old boy were arguing when Finch approached the boy as if he was going to hit him. The woman stepped in and tried to stop Finch, and Finch allegedly hit her in the face and assaulted her.

Finch, a convicted sex offender, denied he had assaulted the woman and claimed deputies could not arrest him because he recently suffered a stroke, according to Snyder. He also suggested, according to Snyder, that the investigators who keep track of registered sex offenders had sent Snyder to the home.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com