By Conrad Dudderar
A Yukon man faces up to five years in prison for allegedly scuffling with a police officer after being caught stealing from a Yukon store.
Preston Ward McGuire, 34, was charged April 27 in Canadian County District Court with assault and battery on a police officer, obstructing an officer and petty larceny.
The case stems for an incident that occurred April 22 at Atwood’s Ranch & Home, 1670 Shedeck Parkway.
Canadian County prosecutors allege McGuire violated state law “by willfully and unlawfully shoving the body of Major Zach Roberson with the intent to injure” the Yukon police officer who was performing his official duties.
McGuire is accused of “willfully disobeying” the officer’s “lawful commands to stop” as he tried to steal two shirts from Atwood’s, court documents indicate.
Allegations against the defendant are detailed in a probable cause affidavit filed in Canadian County District Court.
Maj. Roberson had responded to the Yukon store April 22 on a reported larceny.
The officer approached McGuire, who had been identified by a store employee as the petty larceny suspect.
McGuire began to walk away, then started running away even after Maj. Roberson ordered him to stop.
A chase ensued and Roberson had to deploy his taser, hitting McGuire in the back.
A stunned McGuire fell to the ground and the officer ordered him to place his hands behind his back, according to the probable cause affidavit.
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But the suspect allegedly refused and removed the taser probes from his back.
McGuire then reportedly placed his hands inside the front of his pants and removed two stolen shirts.
Maj. Roberson tried to place McGuire on the ground – but the suspect allegedly shoved him away.
“I drive stunned Preston again, and he tried to grab the taser from my hands,” according to the officer’s affidavit. “While I continued to struggle with Preston, (a sheriff’s deputy) arrived and assisted me with getting Preston’s hands behind his back.”
McGuire was then handcuffed and arrested for larceny, obstruction and assault and battery on a police officer.
The stolen property was valued at $99.98.
McGuire was booked at 10:40 p.m. April 22 into the Canadian County Jail in El Reno. His attorneys are public defenders J.P. Hill and Sammy Duncan.
A preliminary hearing conference is set June 24 before Canadian County Special Judge Charles Gass.