Tahlequah Daily Press

November 13, 2013

Domestic issue leads to arrest

From Staff reports
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office deputies, with the help of the Cherokee Marshal Service, apprehended a man who allegedly attempted to avoid arrest after a domestic dispute.

On Saturday, deputies pursued and arrested Cornelio Gonzales, 20, of Tahlequah on suspicion of domestic assault and battery, and assault and battery on a minor.

Deputies were called to the Opel Mckee Trailer Park at 723 N. Vinita Ave. to investigate a domestic disturbance. The report of Deputy Dexter Scott states that Kandra Shai Smith, 23, of Tahlequah, reported she had been struck by Gonzales. Scott said Smith’s left eye was red and swelling.

Two women and a baby were in the house with Smith. Though Scott noticed no obvious injuries to the infant, Smith and the baby were transported to W.W. Hastings Hospital by emergency medical services.

Scott’s report states he noticed a bleeding cut on the left leg of one of the women, Stormie Dawn Brackett, who reported Smith and Gonzales were arguing. Brackett alleged that Gonzales handled the baby roughly after picking it up and telling Smith to gather her belongings.

Brackett said she and the other women took the baby from Gonzales and a physical altercation ensued, after which Gonzales left.

Deputies searched the area and reported finding Gonzales hiding behind a trailer. Gonzales allegedly refused commands and ran into the woods. He was later found and arrested on 523 Road by Danny Doolin of the Cherokee Marshal Service.

Gonazales was transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center and booked on five counts of assault and battery, assault and battery on a minor and resisting arrest.