Two women and a man were arrested and charged after allegedly hitting a man in the stomach with the butt of a rifle during a struggle after the man caught the three individuals breaking into his garage.
Gregory Tyson Patterson, 33, of Talihina; Lauren Nicole Mullins, 28, of Edmond; and Neesha Marie Tillman, 28, of Oklahoma City, were charged Nov. 14 with felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and felony second degree burglary, according to documents filed by District 18 First Assistant District Attorney Adam Scharn. Documents show Patterson was also charged with felony possession of firearm after former felony conviction.
Pittsburg County Jail records show Tillman posted a $7,500 bond and was released Nov. 11. On Monday, jail records showed Mullins being held in custody on a $7,500 bond and Patterson with a $20,000 bond.
A probable cause affidavit prepared by McAlester Police Officer Richard Parker states that officers were dispatched to a residence in the Kinkead Hills area for a report of an altercation with a subject and a vehicle that had crashed out.
According to Parker’s report, officers were then advised that an individual had a firearm and a fight was ongoing over the weapon.
Officers arrived on scene and were told by the victim that three suspects ran away from the scene and one had taken a loaded .22-caliber rifle that was stolen out of his vehicle, the affidavit states.
Parker wrote in the affidavit he contacted Brent Owens, an Oklahoma Department of Corrections K-9 officer, and asked Owens to come to the area where the suspects were last seen to see if the canine could track the suspects.
After Owens and his partner arrived with the canine, the victim told officers that he wasn’t sure what the suspects looked like because he was too focused on the suspect he was wrestling with that took the gun, the report states.
Officers began to track the suspects into a wooded area where three one-dollar bills were laying on the ground; officers continued and found their way to a creek and found a checkered shirt, the affidavit states.
The officer wrote in the report that MPD Officer Dustin Nash said that thought “he saw something black” moving in front of the group. When the officers got closer, they say saw a white man wearing all black begin to run away from the officers, the officer’s report states.
After numerous commands to stop, Nash caught the man – later identified as Patterson – and took him into custody after a struggle, Parker wrote in the affidavit.
As officers were taking Patterson out of the woods, Parker wrote in the affidavit he saw an individual wearing gray running and gave chase and located the individual underneath a storage building.
Parker wrote after walking the two suspects in custody to other officers, he began to walk down the hill to search for the third suspect when he saw a gray object in the woods near a log, the affidavit states.
When Parker got closer, the officer could see it was a woman balled up trying to hide behind a log and the woman was placed into custody, the report stated.
According to the affidavit, the group of officers went back into the woods to find the rifle that was reported taken from the victim. Once in the woods, officers located a set of keys from the car that was crashed, a shaving kit bag, a shirt, and a cell phone. The rifle was eventually located 300 yards away with the bolt locked back and a jammed shell in the breach, the report states.
Parker wrote in his report that inside the shaving kit was a plastic bag containing five grams of an off-white substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. Another plastic bag inside of the shaving kit contained 23 grams of a substance that field tested positive for cocaine, the report states.
Inside of a purse that Patterson had on his possession was a plastic bag containing marijuana, a plastic bag containing an off-white crystal substance, a pair of bolt cutters, and several key fobs, Parker’s report states.
At the jail, numerous Oklahoma driver licenses and a Social Security Card was found on one of the individuals, which later was determined to belong to a victim that filed a report for a burglary that occurred to a vehicle, the affidavit states.
A supplemental information sheet prepared by the DA’s office shows Patterson was convicted in 2011 by the Oklahoma County District Court for 22 counts of felony possession of a stolen vehicle, felony concealing stolen property, felony engaging in pattern of criminal offense, and possession of a firearm. The documents states Patterson was sentenced to 15 years in custody of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. ODOC records show Patterson was discharged from their custody in Aug. 2017 and was not under the supervision of probation and parole services.
Court documents show the three are scheduled for a preliminary hearing conference at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 30.
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