Thursday, February 27, 2020

Sallisaw Arrestee Faces Contraband Charge

A Sallisaw man was arrested Feb. 19 for allegedly bringing contraband into a jail facility, records reveal.

In addition to that felony charge, Charles Edmond “Monk” Sanders, 54, is also facing misdemeanor counts of domestic abuse/assault and battery, destroying evidence and resisting an officer.

According to the arrest report, officers with the Sallisaw Police Department were called to a home at 302 S. Walnut. When the officers arrived they met with the alleged victim, who said her uncle, Sanders, had assaulted her. Other witnesses at the scene confirmed the story.

Officers entered the home and discovered Sanders using a telephone in one of the bedrooms. Sanders refused to put the phone down when asked and he reportedly became aggressive toward the officers, who placed him in handcuffs for everyone’s safety.

The victim told officers she had gone to the home, which belongs to her grandmother, while looking for a lost dog. When she knocked on the door, Sanders allegedly opened it and began punching her and calling her names. Sanders then reportedly pushed her to the ground and started kicking her.

When asked about the incident, Sanders said he had been struck, too, but officers said a cut under his eye appeared to be old. Police later learned that the scar was from a previous surgical operation to remove metal from the man’s face.

Sanders was transported to the Sallisaw Police Department. Once at the jail, Sanders was asked if he had any drugs or anything illegal on him. Sanders said he had nothing on him, but when he emptied his pockets, an officer and a jailer could see that Sanders had a small blue pill in his hand. The officer attempted to grab the man’s arm, but Sanders quickly put the pill in his mouth and swallowed it.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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