Monday, June 29, 2020

Webbers Falls Man Faces Burglary, Assault Charges

A Webbers Falls man pleaded not guilty June 24 to charges of first-degree burglary and aggravated assault and battery, both felonies.

Colton Jack Russell, 24, faces up to 20 years in prison on the burglary count and up to a year in the county jail and a fine of up to $500 on the assault charge.

According to a police report, a Sequoyah County Sheriff’s deputy learned that Colton Russell had reportedly broken into a woman’s residence and assaulted her roommate.

When the deputy arrived at the scene, he saw that Dakota Rawlings, the roommate, had obvious injuries, including deep contusions above and below his left eye, deep contusions across his entire forehead, along with multiple lacerations.

Rawlings said he woke up around midnight June 16 and saw that Russell had opened the bedroom door and turned the light on. He said he didn’t even make it out of bed before Russell started to attack him. Rawlings said Russell must have entered the home through a window.

The woman living at the home, Jozee Summerlin, told the deputy that on the night of June 16, her baby was having a hard time going to sleep. She gave the baby a bath and finally got him down. Shortly after the baby fell asleep, she said, Russell, the baby’s father, came into the bedroom and attacked Rawlings.

Russell was then arrested and taken to the Sequoyah County Detention Center. His bond was set at $6,000.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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