The Edmond Sun

Local News

May 23, 2014

DA files charges in restaurant altercation

EDMOND — Accounts about how an altercation at an Edmond restaurant started vary; it ended with a man suffering multiple fractures, an incident report stated.

On Thursday, the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office filed a felony charge against the suspect, a 47-year-old Edmond man, according to Oklahoma County District Court records.

Six witnesses at the Fish City Grill, 1389 E. 15th St., provided voluntary statements, according to the incident report filed by Edmond Police Officer Matthew Harden.

At about 8:41 p.m. April 30, Harden was dispatched on a fight in progress call at the restaurant. Harden stated dispatch reported two males and a female were involved and an off-duty Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office deputy was attempting to break up the melee.

Harden stated witnesses said they did not see who started the altercation, but the deputy and a medical doctor dining there said they did see the man Harden identified as the suspect put the victim in a choke hold and the suspect stomp on the victim’s face.

The deputy said the man identified as the suspect took the victim to the ground and kept saying “He hit me first,” Harden stated.

The suspect’s wife said they had finished dinner and were trying to leave the restaurant when her husband was punched in the face, Harden stated.

On May 8, the victim brought his medical records to the Edmond Police Department. He suffered a depressed anterior table right frontal bone fracture, a T1 bilateral facet fracture and a right orbital floor fracture, Harden stated, citing the victim’s medical records.

Based on the medical information, the complaint against Aaron James Scott, 47, was elevated to aggravated assault and battery, Harden stated.

Scott has not yet formally entered a plea in court, according to online records. No defense attorney information was available. No further court dates had been scheduled.

Under Oklahoma law, aggravated assault and battery, which involves the infliction of serious bodily injury, is a felony punishable by a prison sentence of up to five years or a jail sentence of up to one year, a fine of up to $500 or both a fine and imprisonment.

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