By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
A shirtless man who reportedly claimed he was Lucifer has been accused of kicking a Yukon police officer and damaging a jail cell.
Joshua Miller Boyd, 18, was charged July 9 in Canadian County District Court with assault and battery on a police officer, a felony; and malicious injury to property (under $1,000) and public intoxication, both misdemeanors.
If convicted on all three counts, the defendant could spend up to 6-1/2 years in jail and faces fines totaling $1,500.
Prosecutors filed the criminal charges against Boyd stemming from July 5-6 incidents in Yukon.
After being arrested for being intoxicated at a Yukon business, Boyd allegedly destroyed padding in a jail cell at the Yukon police station.
The defendant also “willfully and unlawfully” kicked Yukon police Lt. Matt Catron in the chest intending to injure the officer, according to court documents.
The case against Boyd – who is from Salt Lake County, Utah – is detailed in a Yukon police incident report.
Yukon Police Capt. Zach Roberson was dispatched at about 4:25 p.m. July 5 to Big Lots, 1630 Garth Brooks Blvd., on a report of a “shirtless male climbing on the shelves of the (store’s) back warehouse, claiming he was Lucifer.”
After arriving, Capt. Roberson noticed a shirtless male – with no shoes – standing in front of the store with a “large creepy grin on his face,” according to the police report.
The YPD captain spoke with the teen – who would not make eye contact and was acting tense – and observed he was “under the influence of something.”
Showing signs of being impaired, Boyd allegedly became irate and admitted he “took some mushrooms” earlier in the day.
He was arrested and taken into custody for public intoxication.
Lt. Catron was among officers dispatched to the Yukon city jail at about 12:50 a.m. July 6 after Boyd ripped padding from the facility’s walls.
“Boyd was naked and refusing to comply with orders to stop destroying the cell,” according to Lt. Catron’s report.
“We opened the cell door and ordered the subject out.”
But the inmate allegedly refused to comply and told the officers, “make me” with his hands balled into fists.
Officers entered the cell and tried to place Boyd in handcuffs and secure him in a restraint chair but he “began to thrash about and actively resist”, the police report indicates.
While Lt. Catron struggled to gain physical control of Boyd, the teenager allegedly used his leg to kick the officer in the left side of the chest.
Officers ultimately were able to place Boyd in handcuffs, leg irons and the restraint chair.
He was then taken to the Canadian County Jail in El Reno pending district court charges.
A preliminary hearing conference is set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29 before Canadian County Special Judge Khristan Strubhar.
The criminal case has been assigned to District Judge Jack McCurdy.