Yukon man charged for striking officer, threats

Faces five years in prison after allegedly lunging, grabbing throat

Michael Thomas Moore

A Yukon man faces prison time for allegedly striking a Yukon police officer and threatening to seriously harm or kill another victim.

Michael Thomas Moore, 21, was charged March 11 in Canadian County District Court with assault and battery on a police officer and threatening to perform an act of violence.

Moore was booked March 10 into the Canadian County Jail in El Reno. Canadian County Special Judge Charles Gass set bond at $6,000.

The Canadian County District Attorney’s Office formally charged the defendant for acts that allegedly occurred Jan. 18 in Yukon. The Yukon Police Department investigated the case.

Moore violated state law when he “willfully and unlawfully” struck Yukon police officer Noble Lybrand by lunging toward the officer and grabbing his throat intending to cause injury, court documents indicate.

Felony assault and battery is punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a maximum $500 fine.

Moore faces another six months in jail if convicted for threatening a violent act, a misdemeanor crime. Prosecutors allege he threatened to cause bodily harm or to kill a female victim.

Allegations against the defendant are detailed in an arrest warrant affidavit signed by Yukon police Det. Dave Carroll.

“This all started when the defendant got upset with his mother telling him that she was unable to buy/locate a new PlayStation,” according to the investigator’s affidavit.



Officers responded about 9:43 a.m. Jan. 18 to the area of Garth Brooks Boulevard and W Main on a welfare check after learning the defendant had threatened to burn a house down, beat up everyone inside and destroy everything.

Moore claimed “if the cops came” he’d take their gun and shoot everyone, according to the affidavit.

The defendant was found west of the Yukon Middle School on Garth Brooks Boulevard, walking in a “very aggressive manner” with his left hand in his front left pocket.

Sgt. Re’Shard Ellis and officer Clint Ferguson commanded Moore to stop and take his hand out of his pocket, but the defendant did not comply.

Moore allegedly kept walking while yelling that he didn’t want to talk to police. Officer Lybrand then put his hand out while giving him another command to stop,

“The defendant lunged forward and placed his hands around officer Lybrand’s throat,” the affidavit reads.

Moore was placed to the ground and handcuffed. Officer Lybrand sustained a small cut on his cheek.

Police heard Moore make a “spontaneous utterance” that he knew how to make Molotov cocktails and was headed to the victim’s house.