Tahlequah Daily Press

July 26, 2013

Man arrested for assault on officer


TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man for assault and battery on an officer after responding to a physical domestic disturbance on Thursday.

Deputy Bryan Qualls and Deputy Robert Sparks were at a residence on East 888 Road when a man walked out of the house and spoke loudly to the deputies. Qualls’ report alleges the man, Jory Lynn Poafpybitty, was unsteady and smelled of alcohol. After Qualls asked Poafpybitty to step back and Poafpybitty continued to yell at the officers, Qualls tried to arrest Poafpybitty. Qualls reports Poafpybitty attempted to pull away during cuffing, whereupon Qualls employed pepper spray.

While both deputies arrested Poafpybitty, a group of about eight people surrounded the deputies and Qualls claimed he was struck on the top of the head by a family member. After cuffing Poafpybitty, the deputies allowed family members to rinse his eyes. En route to the jail, Poafpybitty removed his seat belt and tried to crawl into the front of the car. Qualls reported he stopped the vehicle, and that Poafpybitty kicked and spat when Qualls tried to place him in the back seat.

Qualls called for assistance, and the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service completed the transport to the jail. Poafpybitty was booked on charges of assault and battery on an officer, public intoxication and resisting arrest.

On Thursday, deputies also responded to a report of domestic violence on State Highway 10. A woman reported her husband came home intoxicated and said he wanted a divorce. When she said she would leave in the morning, he demanded she leave immediately and attacked her. She reported she was thrown to the floor, struck on the head, slapped and choked.

Sgt. Tom Moore reported bruising on the woman’s left cheek and left side of the neck, a bite mark on her left forearm and a bump on her head. Deputies searched the Elephant Rock area, but no arrest was made.

Paula R. Hamby filed a complaint of harassment against her ex-fiance on Thursday.

A complaint of breaking and entering was filed by Anton Ellis Thomi, who claimed a Dynex 32-inch flat-screen TV was missing.

Carolyn Berry YBarra issued a complaint of vandalism on Thursday, saying $500-$600 of damage was done to a vacant mobile home she owns, and that two TVs and a computer were missing.