Tahlequah Daily Press

Crime & Courts

April 14, 2014

Local police arrest alleged motel robber

TAHLEQUAH — Officers of the Tahlequah Police Department arrested a man on Thursday after responding to a report at 7:05 a.m. of an assault and strong-arm robbery in the Oak Park Motel at 706 E. Downing St.

Jimmy Dale Briggs Jr. was arrested after Jay R. Thompson accused Briggs of breaking into his room and assaulting him with a syringe.

Thompson stated Briggs stabbed him repeatedly in the face, neck and back; threatened to cut his throat; tied a rope around his neck, and threw a lamp at him. Briggs allegedly stole $52, identification and Social Security cards and some clothing.

Thompson also claimed a woman in the room witnessed the assault, and Briggs was accompanied by a second man. The assault reportedly ended when Thompson escaped Briggs and locked himself in the bathroom.

Officer Luke Hixon’s report mentioned injuries to Thompson consistent with his allegations, and the woman in the room corroborated Thompson’s claims.

Hixon states he and Officer Brandon Vick contacted Briggs at 10:20 a.m. in the alley behind Braum’s. When inquiring about the assault, Hixon said, he asked if Briggs knew Jay.  After Briggs replied that he knew Jay Thompson, Hixon asked how Briggs knew he was referring particularly to Jay Thompson.

After the arrest, Hixon said, Briggs was bellicose during transport, and charged at Hixon when he tried to remove him from the vehicle. After being threatened with a Taser, Briggs was taken inside the Cherokee County Detention Center.

In his report, Hixon accuses Briggs of threatening to kill him and rape members of his family.

Briggs was booked into the CCDC and faces charges of first degree burglary, two counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and threatening to perform violent acts to a police officer and family.

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