Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Fight Ends in Couple’s Arrest

A reported physical assault led to the Dec. 29 arrest of a Roland couple.

A Sequoyah County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched Dec. 29 to a Roland address regarding the alleged assault. The deputy made contact with Timothy Williams, who had a large cut over his left eye.

When asked what happened, Williams told officials that his girlfriend, Melva Ursula Jean Lewis, 42, had gotten drunk, become irate and hit him in the face. She then reportedly destroyed furniture, computers and other items in Williams’ office, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Williams denied striking Lewis, who was at the Roland Police Department receiving medical treatment. She was later transported to Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith.

Lewis told the deputy that Williams, whom she lives with, had held her captive for several hours. She said he had held her down and slammed her head multiple times against the floor. Lewis said she’d had about a half pint of whiskey.

When asked about Williams’ eye injury, Lewis said she hit the man while trying to get away from him. She told the deputy to watch the surveillance video at the office.

Williams gave police permission to watch the surveillance footage, but while it was being shown, Lewis arrived at the home and began arguing. The deputy asked her to wait outside, but she refused.

Once Lewis allowed officials to see the video footage, officers could see Williams open and enter the back door, apparently while arguing with Lewis, who followed him into the office.

According to the report, Lewis is seen grabbing computers and slamming them on the floor. Williams is shown grabbing Lewis and forcing her to the floor, then kicking her in the head several times. Williams also is seen standing on top of her head and, using the desk for balance, jumping up and down repeatedly.

Williams was arrested for domestic assault and battery with great bodily injury and placed in a patrol car. Lewis was arrested for malicious injury to property and taken to the Roland City Jail. She refused to travel to the county jail with Williams, so deputies took the pair to the jail separately. They were booked without further incident.

Lewis was released on $3,000 bond.

The felony charge of malicious injury to property is punishable by imprisonment in the state penitentiary for up to two years, a fine of up to $1,000 or both.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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