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February 28, 2013

McAlester woman accused of using shock cane to assault man

McALESTER — A McAlester woman is accused of using an electric shocker cane to assault a man.

Beverly Ann Martin, 50, was charged Feb. 25 in Pittsburg County District Court with felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance without a prescription. She was also charged with misdemeanor counts of unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance without a prescription, public intoxication and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to court records, McAlester police officer Jason Crittenden was dispatched to 700 N. Main St. in McAlester on Feb. 24. He was responding to a call about a woman, with an electric shocker, who was allegedly shocking a guy. “When he arrived a white male later identified as Todd Barker was running outside the building screaming ‘she is shocking me,’” a police affidavit states. “Officer Crittenden went into the building (where) he found Beverly Martin holding the shocking device. Beverly was foaming at the mouth screaming ‘he threw a chair at me so I shocked him with my cane.’”

According to the affidavit, Crittenden then spoke with a witness to the incident. “Sandra Hall ... stated that Todd (Barker) came into the office and ask(ed) if he could wait here until a ride picked him up and she stated ‘yes.’ Sandra (Hall) then stated Beverly (Martin) then came into the office yelling at Todd and she had some kind of shocking device and shocked Todd (Barker) with the device,” the affidavit states. “Todd (Barker) then tried to run out of the door and (Martin) tried to shock him again and he grabbed a chair to try and keep her away.”

According to the affidavit, police took the “shock cane” for evidence and arrested Martin.

McAlester Ltn. Kevin Hearod said the weapon Martin was allegedly using on Barker was a taser cane. “It’s a walking cane that will shock you,” Hearod said.

When the News-Capital did some research into the shock cane, many internet sites were found where the device could be purchased. Some websites found where the shock cane can is advertised are www.stuncane.com, www.defensedevices.com and www.beststungun.com.

Each website advertises the shock cane and describes it as a walking cane for the “elderly” with some added features, such as 1 million volts of hidden shocking capabilities and LED lighting.

“The Arc Angel Stun Cane provides both stability and protection,” according to www.stuncane.com. “A stylish cane for walking with a hidden thunderbolt of power that provides a million volt ‘ounce of prevention’ when trouble rears its ugly head. When danger threatens, engage the stun activating switch to render an attacker helpless.”

The Defense Device website also advertises a shocking cane with 1 million volts of output power. “The cane is light weight and sturdy — supports up to 250 pounds,” the Defense Devices website advertises. “The stun cane is adjustable for your comfort and comes with a charger ... (it) appears to be a walking stick or gentleman’s cane ... The metal bands on the business end of the cane are where the output happens. Just reach out and touch those bands to your target and press the trigger to apply the 1 million volt current.”

At www.beststungun.com, advertisement states: “A senior citizen no longer means an easy target. ... Gone are the days when a senior citizen worried about their safety. ... Presenting the appearance of a cane any unsuspecting offender would believe that’s all it really is, but this device does much more than help an individual down the street. A senior citizen now has the chance to reclaim their sense of identity and protection through the cane. ... The stun from this device will soon see them cowering away. You no longer need to worry over a senior relative when they have this cane at their disposal.”

This website also explains how the stun cane has such high voltage but is a non-lethal device of protection. “Bear in mind, though, that simply because there are a large amount of volts involved the current is still low, making this a non-lethal and ideal device to own.”

Martin was released from the Pittsburg County jail on Feb. 26 after posting a $15,000 bond. She is due back in court Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. to face charges. If convicted, she is facing up to 10 years imprisonment for each of the felony counts and up to a year for the misdemeanor counts.

A working phone number could not be located for Martin and as of presstime, an attorney representing her was not yet listed.

Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com.

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