By JOSH NEWTON
Tahlequah police say a 16-year-old boy is in custody after he allegedly used a knife to assault a man early New Year’s morning.
Police Chief Nate King said officers were called around 2 a.m. Wednesday to the 1200 block of Corn Street, off of Jones Avenue, where they found Jeremy Sumner had been injured with a knife.
“It appeared the victim had a knife wound to the head – a laceration more than a stab wound,” said King. “He did refuse transport by EMS.”
King said officers believe the 16-year-old was intoxicated and trying to find a ride home when he assaulted Sumner with the knife.
King, Sgt. Jason Girdner, and Officer Brandon Vick worked at the scene of the attack while other TPD night-shift officers, Northeastern State University officers and Cherokee Nation deputy marshals looked for the boy, who fled the area after the alleged attack.
A Cherokee Nation officer located the boy on West Allen Road about an hour later and took him into custody.
King said Sumner and other residents in the neighborhood are familiar with the teenager.
The boy was arrested for public intoxication and assault and battery with a deadly weapon.
Oklahoma Juvenile Affairs officials ordered the boy to be placed in a facility following his arrest.