12-hour standoff leads to arrest

Yukon-area man allegedly threatens neighbor, police


By Carol Mowdy Bond

Contributing Writer

A Yukon-area man ended up behind bars after an altercation with his Yukon neighbor.

John Stafford, 10828 NW 36th Terrace, reportedly made six 911 calls to Yukon and Oklahoma City police.

According to his neighbor, Stafford allegedly took a Roomba vacuum cleaner and tried to break through the stockade fence between their two backyards, causing neighbor David Baird and his family to feel threatened and thus take cover inside their home. This led to a 12-hour standoff.

Baird recorded the altercation on his cell phone. Stafford allegedly threw fecal matter onto his neighbor’s yard.

Oklahoma City police responded, but Stafford barricaded himself inside his home. Police used canisters of pepper spray, and Stafford finally came out of his home.

“Throughout the day on Jan 31., Mr. Stafford was making threats of violence against his former employer who had just fired him,” Oklahoma City Police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said. “The threats reached the level of being a felony, and Mr. Stafford began calling 911 and Yukon Police Department, making imminent threats against his employer and officers.

Arrest and search warrants were issued, and the Oklahoma City Police Tactical Unit responded. After negotiations and less lethal tactics were used, Stafford eventually surrendered.”

Stafford was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on a complaint of planning an act of violence.