The Edmond Sun

February 6, 2013

Police: Suspect assaults Edmond resident, fights cop

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A suspect faces an assault with a dangerous weapon complaint after breaking into a home and fighting an officer at an Edmond hospital, an incident report stated.

Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said it appeared the suspect was intoxicated and that he tried to get into the wrong home. The incident, which was reported to the Police Department as a first-degree burglary in progress, occurred in west Edmond, according to the incident report filed by Police Officer Jeff Meadows.

At about 2 a.m. Tuesday, dispatch told Meadows the suspect pushed his way into the victim’s home on West Second Street and was still on scene, the officer stated in the report.

Meadows stated that when he arrived he saw a white male standing in the driveway. As he was getting out of his squad car, the victim identified the male as the suspect, the report stated. The officer smelled alcohol on the male’s breath and person, according to Meadows’ report.

“He could hardly stand on his own without support,” Meadows stated in his narrative. “He appeared to be extremely intoxicated.”

Meadows stated the victim said he was in his home lying on the couch watching television when he heard what sounded like scratching at his front door. The noises got louder, making him think someone was there, the report stated.

As the victim opened the front door to look outside, the suspect pushed his way inside using a pool cue he was carrying, and struck the victim in the chest, Meadows stated.

The victim began punching the suspect, driving him backwards out the front door onto the porch, Meadows stated. The victim punched him several more times, knocking the suspect off the porch into the yard, the report stated. Monroe said the resident acted appropriately in defending himself.

Meadows stated the victim ran back inside, grabbed his phone and called 911. He remained inside until the officer arrived.

Due to the injuries to the suspect, Meadows requested EMSA at the scene, the report stated. After the suspect refused treatment he was transported to OU Medical Center-Edmond by Police Officer Chad Brown to have him cleared medically, the report stated. The suspect began to fight Brown and had to be handcuffed to the emergency room bed; a second officer assisted Brown, the report stated.

Meadows stated that Daniel Keith Atkinson, 22, of Edmond, was arrested on complaints of first-degree burglary and assault with a dangerous weapon. He was booked into the county jail where he was being held on $15,500 bond, according to jail records. | 341-2121, ext. 108