Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Jonathan Kyle Deroussel

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Accused of putting mama in a choke hold

NAME: Jonathan Kyle Deroussel

AGE: 34


CHARGE: Domestic assault and battery by strangulation

DETAILS: Tulsa police responded May 22 to a situation in which the suspect reportedly used a choke hold on his mother. When a Tulsa officer arrived, the officer reportedly heard yelling and the sound of walls being hit in the front bedroom of the residence. The altercation reportedly began when the alleged victim attempted to stop her son from eating breakfast cereal meant for the next day. The suspect reportedly backhanded his mother into the stove. The woman reportedly grabbed a frying pan to defend herself, and her son reportedly rushed her and they both ended up on the floor. While they were on the floor, the son reportedly applied a choke hold to his mother. In a hearing May 26 in Osage CountyDistrict Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Deroussel. A case affidavit prepared by the Tulsa officer working the incident noted that the alleged victim told authorities her son is mentally challenged to some degree. The next court date in the case is listed as July 24.

Argument reportedly leads to assault

NAME: Zachary Penn Pester

AGE: 35

RESIDENCE: Bartlesville

CHARGES: Unauthorized use of a vehicle; domestic abuse — assault and battery; and taking/receiving stolen credit card or debit card

DETAILS: Sergeant Margina Solomon, of the Pawhuska Police Department, at about 6:45 p.m. on May 22, met at the city police station with a woman who said that she and Zachary Pester, her boyfriend, had gotten into an argument at a residence on Anita Street. The woman reportedly told Sergeant Solomon that Pester had taken her debit card from her purse and used it at a casino without her permission. Pester reportedly shoved the woman down onto the bedroom floor. As the unhappy encounter continued, Pester also reportedly shoved the woman into a dryer in a hallway, and he reportedly slammed a bathroom door on her right forearm, causing an injury. When the woman met with Sergeant Solomon, she said that Pester drove her to work in her vehicle, and that he only had permission to drop her off and return the vehicle to her home. The woman said Pester did not arrive at the appointed time to pick her up from work, and she did not know where her vehicle was. Police located Pester and the woman’s vehicle. They arrested Pester and returned the vehicle to its owner. In a hearing May 26 in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not-guilty plea for Pester. On June 17, the Pester case was stricken from the docket for June 19 and scheduled for a treatment review on Sept. 18.

Woman said she took the man’s keys

NAME: Christopher Charles Pierce

AGE: 28


CHARGES: Battery/assault and battery on a police officer; domestic assault and battery by strangulation; resisting an officer; and public intoxication and disturbing the peace

DETAILS: Hominy police officer Joseph Antle, about 8:35 p.m. on May 26, responded to a possible domestic assault in the 200 block of North Katy Avenue. Once he reached the area of the possible assault, Officer Antle reportedly heard from the street a woman’s voice saying, “Help me. Get off of me!” The sound was reportedly coming from 220 North Katy Ave. Antle went to the door of the residence, heard the cries again, and banged on the door twice, announcing his presence. Antle reportedly observed the defendant, Christopher Charles Pierce, on top of a woman in a bathtub. Officer Antle separated the two and began trying to determine what was going on. Pierce allegedly became aggressive, and would not let Antle perform his duties. As Officer Antle attempted to place wrist restraints on Pierce, the defendant reportedly called the officer “vulgar names” and then began to physically resist him. Once Officer Antle had Pierce on the ground, the defendant reportedly kept trying to turn over and swing elbows at the officer. The woman involved in the incident reportedly told Antle that the altercation began because Pierce was drunk and she took Pierce’s vehicle keys to keep him from driving. According to Officer Antle’s case affidavit, there was additional conflict with the defendant when he slipped out of the wrist restraints that had been placed on him. In addition to allegedly kneeing and kicking Antle, the defendant reportedly kicked another officer in the face and stomach. In a hearing May 27 in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Pierce.