Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Brenton M. Clark

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Suspect complains he’s always the bad guy

NAME: Brenton M. Clark

AGE: 43


CHARGES: Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; and endangering others while eluding an officer

DETAILS: Pawhuska police officer Thomas Florence, about 4:53 a.m. April 16, responded to a call regarding a domestic incident in progress at a residence in the 900 block of East 9th Street. As Officer Florence was in the process of driving to the call location, he reportedly noticed a blue Ford pickup driven by Brenton Clark “accelerate past me northbound at a high rate of speed.” Officer Florence said in a case affidavit that he had to take evasive action to avoid a head-on collision with Clark. Officer Florence turned his patrol vehicle around and pursued Clark. The suspect reportedly stopped his vehicle on County Road 2809. Florence said in his affidavit that he pulled his service weapon and began shouting commands at Clark. The suspect reportedly put his pickup truck in reverse and began backing it toward the officer, who was behind his driver-side door. Fearing that Clark might try to back into him, Officer Florence reportedly shouted, “Stop the truck or I am going to shoot you.” Florence reportedly shouted his warning three or four times before Clark put his truck in park and exited it. Officer Florence was able to take him into custody without further incident. Florence read Clark his Miranda rights and asked why he fled, and the suspect reportedly said, “I didn’t want to go to jail. I didn’t do a damn thing, but I’m always the bad guy.” An Osage County deputy arrived at the scene of the traffic stop to provide Florence with backup, and an Osage Nation officer reportedly went to the home from which the call for service originated. The Osage Nation officer reportedly said the altercation had been verbal only — that there had been no physical altercation. Officer Florence noted in his affidavit that he had dealt previously with the parties to the domestic conflict, and had previously arrested Clark. The defendant’s next court date is listed as Aug. 14.

Accused of taking off with cousin’s truck

NAME: David Allen Lee

AGE: 39

RESIDENCE: Tahlequah

CHARGES: Possession of a stolen vehicle; battery/assault and battery on a police officer (two counts); and eluding/attempting to elude police officer

DETAILS: On April 24 at about 6:21 a.m., Osage County deputy Kyle Reese responded to the vicinity of 136th Street North in reference to a crime victim reportedly being in the bed of his own pickup, which had just been stolen. The allegedly stolen vehicle was identified as a Dodge Dakota Sport. The crime victim reportedly told a dispatcher that his vehicle was moving north on 52nd West Avenue, passing Black Dog Fire Department and doing about 100 miles per hour. The victim reportedly said his cousin, David Lee, was the theft suspect. Deputy Reese reportedly observed the Dodge Dakota Sport cross over and travel north in the southbound lane of 52nd West Avenue. The deputy turned on his emergency lights and siren, to make a traffic stop, and noted that the suspect vehicle had slowed to 30 mph but did not stop. The suspect vehicle turned east from the intersection of 52nd West Avenue and 133rd Street and reportedly traveled down the center of the road at a speed of 70 mph in a 45 mph zone. A short while later, the vehicle spun out when the driver came up to a gate and attempted a U-turn. David Lee reportedly exited the truck and began running north through a pasture. Deputy Reese caught up to the suspect and attempted to communicate with him. Lee reportedly would not talk with the deputy. Lee reportedly tried several times to hit Reese and another deputy with his fists, and kicked Reese on his right thigh. Reese reportedly hit Lee in the facial area and got him to the ground. Lee was handcuffed. In an April 27 video hearing in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Lee. His next court date is listed as Sept. 18.

‘Oh, you think this is fake?’

NAME: Peter Thomas Reyes

AGE: 22


CHARGES: Threatening to perform an act of violence; and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia

DETAILS: About 5:54 p.m May 3, Pawhuska officer William Wamego responded to the 200 block of East 7th Street in regard to a report of someone using a firearm to threaten another person. The reporting party told Officer Wamego that a short man with curly brown hair and glasses had threatened him with a gun. The reporting party told Wamego that he was mowing his lawn when he noticed that a female neighbor across the street was walking down an alley. A few minutes later, the short man with the brown hair and glasses reportedly approached the man who had been mowing his grass and said, “Why you breaking your neck to look at my lady?” The short man then reportedly pulled up his shirt to show the man who had been mowing his grass that he had a firearm in the front of his waistband. The reporting party said he thought the gun was fake. “Oh, you think this is fake?” the man with the gun reportedly said, and then pulled it out to show it was real. The man with the gun, identified as Peter Thomas Reyes, reportedly threatened to kill the reporting party. Reyes reportedly said, “Don’t you go doing anything stupid. I know you got a family,” and then walked away along the alley. Officer Wamego arrested Reyes and reportedly recovered a handgun and ammunition, as well as a backpack that reportedly contained drug paraphernalia. In a May 7 video hearing in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Reyes. His next court date is listed as July 30.

Accused of assaulting his grandmother

NAME: Aaron Michael Struble

AGE: 44


CHARGES: Domestic assault and battery by strangulation

DETAILS: Osage County deputy Jeff Jones on May 6 became involved in an ongoing investigation regarding an alleged incident of domestic assault and battery by strangulation. Deputy Jones learned that other deputies had done investigative work on the case, and he used reports from that investigative activity. In a case affidavit, Jones told the Osage County District Court that Struble allegedly assaulted his 88-year-old grandmother, who uses a walker. Jones told the court that officers who responded to the victim’s residence on April 26 found the elderly lady lying on a floor with facial injuries. During an encounter May 6, Jones reportedly attempted to take Struble into custody, and the suspect reportedly failed to comply with orders to raise his hands. Jones reportedly used a Taser to subdue Struble. In a video hearing May 8 in Osage County District Court, the court entered a plea of not guilty for Struble.