Fairfax man charged in cattle caper

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Fairfax man charged in cattle caper

A Fairfax man has been charged with larceny of domestic animals after allegedly stealing seven head of cattle from an Osage County rancher.

Garrett Mitchell Gibson, 26, was arrested last Thursday by Special Ranger Bart Perrier of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

The cattle were stolen on three different days in October 2014, according to Perrier, who said the livestock had been pastured in southern Osage County’s Big Bend area — a couple of miles from Gibson’s residence. Gibson allegedly sold the cows at livestock markets in Pawnee, Blackwell and Newkirk, the officer added.

Prior to his arrest, Gibson had barricaded himself in the closet of an Oklahoma City residence, Perrier said. OKC Police took initial custody of the suspect, who was transported to an Oklahoma County jail but will eventually be transferred to the Osage County Jail in Pawhuska.

Doug Elliott of the Osage County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation.

Perrier, of Pawhuska, is one of 30 special rangers of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, a 137-­year­-old organization that includes more than 16,000 beef cattle operations, ranching families and businesses as members.

TSCRA members represent approximately 50,000 individuals directly involved in ranching and beef production who manage 4 million head of cattle on 76 million acres of range and pasture land — primarily in Oklahoma and Texas.

TSCRA has 30 special rangers stationed strategically throughout Texas and Oklahoma who have in-depth knowledge of the cattle industry and are trained in all facets of law enforcement. All are commissioned as Special Rangers by the Texas Department of Public Safety and/or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.