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YOKNAPATAWPHA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT

Investigating Officer(s): Det. S. Murphy. Det. E. Parker
Incident No.: 001693-31C-2013
Case Description: Severed Finger Investigation

The Tupelo Police Department provided this incident report from Oscar Knight's 2011 arrest, along with a fingerprint exemplar obtained at the time of that arrest.

Tupelo PD further indicated that the charges against Oscar Knight were dropped two days after his arrest at the request of the victim.


The following links are provided only to assist with navigation of this document and are not part of the report.

| Offense(s) | Person 1 | Person 2 | Reporting Officer's Narrative |


INCIDENT / ARREST REPORT

Tupelo Police Department
71 East Troy Street
Tupelo, MS 38804

 ___ INCIDENT
     ___ Juvenile
     ___ Senior Citizen
     ___ Gang

 _X_ ARREST
     ___ Child Abuse
     ___ Domestic
     _X_ Involved Alcohol
 CASE NUMBER:
  2011-013786
Date Reported:
  9/17/2011
 Time Reported:
  11:11 PM
 OFFENSE:
  Simple Assault
 STATUTE:
  97-7-7(1)
  _X_ Committed
  ___ Attempted
 OFFENSE:
  Disorderly Conduct
 STATUTE:
  97-35-3(1)(d)
  _X_ Committed
  ___ Attempted
 OFFENSE:
  Public Drunkenness
 STATUTE:
  97-29-47
  _X_ Committed
  ___ Attempted
 Location of Offense (Exact address, include Room/ Apt. No.)
  Sweetgum Lounge
  887 South Green Street, Tupelo, Mississippi
 Date of Offense:
  9/17/2011
 Time of Offense:
  11:00 - 11:15 PM
 Location of Arrest (Exact address, include Room/Apt. No.)
  N/A
 Date of Arrest:
  N/A
 Time of Arrest:
  N/A
 Reporting Officer:
  Ernestine Hallett
 Unit Number:
  0797
 Assisting Officer:
  Larry Whiting
 Unit Number:
  0596

 

PERSON 1
 Type:
 Witness
 Category:
 Adult
 Foul Play Suspected
 Yes
 Name:
 Oscar Knight
 Alias/Street Name/ Nickname
 none
 Vic/Offender Relationship
 none
 Race
 White
 Height
 6' 4"
 Weight
 230 lbs.
 Hair
 Gray
 Eyes
 Hazel
 Sex
  M
 Hat
 N/A
 Jacket/Coat
 N/A
 Shirt
 Black
 Pants
 Blue denim
 Skirt/Dress
  N/A
 Age
     61
 DOB
 10/18/1950
 Soc. Security #
 XXX-XX-XXXX
 Scars/Marks/Tattoos
 none visible
 Injury Extent
 Superficial
 Injury Description
 minor cuts and abrasions on back of right hand, superficial abrasion on right cheek
 Address
 1412 Bella Vista Street, Tupelo, MS
 Res Phone 269-XXXX
 Bus Phone 377-XXXX
 Occupation
 Civil Engineer
 Employer/School
 Patterson Engineering & Development, Inc.
 Employer Address
 460 East President Street, Tupelo, MS

 

PERSON 2
 Type:
 Victim
 Category:
 Adult
 Foul Play Suspected
 Yes
 Name:
 Gavin Price
 Alias/Street Name/ Nickname
 none
 Vic/Offender Relationship
 none
 Race
 White
 Height
 5' 10"
 Weight
 210 lbs.
 Hair
 Red
 Eyes
 Blue
 Sex
  M
 Hat
 N/A
 Jacket/Coat
 N/A
 Shirt
 Green
 Pants
 Khaki
 Skirt/Dress
  N/A
 Age
     38
 DOB
 1/5/1973
 Soc. Security #
 XXX-XX-XXXX
 Scars/Marks/Tattoos
 none visible
 Injury Extent
 Minor
 Injury Description
 contusion under left eye; split upper lip
 Address
 3743 North 11th Street, Phoenix, AZ
 Res Phone 623-203-XXXX
 Bus Phone 623-565-XXXX
 Occupation
 Salesman
 Employer/School
 Permanent Comfort Coffin Company
 Employer Address
 16th Street & Osborn Road, Phoenix, AZ

 

 REPORTING OFFICER'S NARRATIVE (Brief narrative of the facts surrounding the offense and the arrest.)
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At 11:07 p.m., Dispatch notified R/O (Hallett - 0797) of a 911 call reporting a disturbance at the Sweetgum Lounge on South Green Street.

R/O and partner (Whiting - 0596) responded to the location. an employee of the business indicated that two patrons were having a dispute inside the establishment.

Upon entry, R/Os observed two adult males involved in a physical altercation. R/Os separated and detained both in the parking lot of the establishment.

One of the males (Person 2) exhibited minor injuries to the face and appeared mildly intoxicated. He identified himself as Gavin Price of Phoenix, Arizona. Price stated he had inadvertently caused an argument with the other male (Person 1) during a discussion of college football. Price claimed he had simply defending himself when attacked.

The other male (Person 1) exhibited superficial injuries on his right hand and the right side of his face and appeared intoxicated. He identified himself as Oscar Knight of Tupelo. He stated the other male (Person 2) had been harassing him all evening and forced him to strike Person 2.

Sweetgum Lounge employees identified Knight as the aggressor, but asked R/Os to remove both men from the premises.

Knight was arrested for simple assault, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness and taken into custody.

Price was cited for disorderly conduct and released.

 

 DEFENDANT'S VERSION/REMARKS (What did the defendant say?)

Knight refused to participate in any field sobriety test at the scene, but R/Os determined by observation that Knight was intoxicated and therefore any remarks were of questionable reliability.

Knight claimed Price had deliberately incited him to violence in an effort to sue Knight for financial gain.

Knight refused to allow R/O Hallett to place him in handcuffs because "no woman is going to arrest me." When R/O Whiting attempted to handcuff the defendant, Knight initially refused to submit, saying he "could take" R/O Whiting.

R/O Whiting verbally subdued the defendant within a few minutes and took him into custody without further incident.

 

 REPORTING OFFICER  Ernestine Hallett  DATE REPORTED  9-17-2011
 REPORTING OFFICER  //Ernestine Hallett
 Signature
 0797
 Unit Number
 9-17-2011
 Date
 ASSISTING OFFICER  //Larry Whiting
 Signature
 0596
 Unit Number
 9-17-2011
 Date

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