The Edmond Sun

April 25, 2013

Police: Assault suspect used ax allegedly to destroy cell phone

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — An Edmond man enraged by a text message allegedly choked a woman, chopped up a cell phone with an ax and made a threatening remark, according to an incident report.

On April 21, Edmond Police Officer Jason Albright was dispatched to an apartment in the 400 block of Danforth Road in reference to a domestic in progress, according to the report filed by Albright. Prior to entering the apartment, two officers noticed the suspect was getting agitated so he was handcuffed to control the scene, Albright stated.

The victim said she had just returned from work when the suspect asked for her cell phone so he could call and find his phone, Albright stated.

When the suspect saw some text messages from another man, he allegedly became enraged, grabbed the victim by the throat and began choking her with one of his hands, Albright stated.

The suspect released the victim and allegedly punched her in the ribs, Albright stated.

She took her baby boy into the living room where she started to change his diaper, Albright stated. While she was changing the diaper, the report stated, the suspect alleged grabbed an ax, chopped her cell phone and said, “That will be your head next time.”

The suspect then allegedly began to choke the victim with two hands, almost rendering her unconscious, Albright stated.

Albright stated that he saw some slight red marks on the victim’s neck and a fellow officer said he saw some red marks on her ribs. Albright also saw a gouge down the center of the cell phone, which appeared to have been done by an ax, he stated in the report.

Before leaving for the city jail, another officer found a red straw on the suspect which he allegedly said used for snorting cocaine, Albright stated in the police incident report.

At the jail, the suspect said he didn’t touch the victim and this is happening because she wanted him out of the apartment, Albright stated. He said he became upset when he saw the text messages and he didn’t hit or choke the victim, that her neck was bruised at an earlier time, the report stated.

The suspect said he smokes weed occasionally and that he drank alcohol and did a little bit of cocaine that day, Albright stated in the police report. The suspect said he would never physically hurt the woman and the scratches on her face were self inflicted, the report stated.

Gary Daniel White, 28, of Edmond, was arrested on complaints of felony assault with hand and domestic abuse by strangulation, Albright stated. He was booked into the county jail on April 21 where he remains incarcerated on $15,000 bond. | 341-2121, ext. 108