The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 11, 2013

Strip club owner arraigned on counts of shooting with intent to kill

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The owner of an Enid strip club arrested Sunday for allegedly shooting at Enid police was taken back into custody at his arraignment Thursday morning, after a judge increased his bond to $50,000.

Rick Andrew Childs Sr., 45, was arraigned on six counts of shooting with intent to kill. Each count is punishable by up to life in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Irene Asai asked Special District Judge Brian Lovell to increase Childs’ bond to “a minimum of $500,000.” Childs’ attorney, David Henneke, told the court his client was not a flight risk and reminded the judge bond was not intended as a form of punishment.

Asai read a post from Childs’ Facebook page, where he posted death was “the next step in evolution.”

The post also included claims Childs was treated in a “Rodney Kingish” manner by police. He also said Enid police are “lower than maggots.” The post ends, “That being said, after their shove maybe it’s time for the next evolution.”

Henneke said he was unaware of the Facebook post, but did say he was aware police had struck his client after placing him under arrest.

Police said Childs was placed under arrest without any physical altercations.

“He was arrested, taken into custody and booked without incident or force,” Capt. Dean Grassino said. “I think his booking photo shows that.”

Childs had posted a $2,500 bond after earlier being charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.

Lovell told Childs he thought the $2,500 bond was too low, and he was going to increase his bond to the $50,000.

“I think that’s pretty low,” the judge said of the increased bond.

Childs posted an additional $50,000 bond Thursday, the Garfield County Detention Facility confirmed.

Childs is accused of shooting a firearm July 7 at Enid Police Department Sgt. Nick John and officers Donald Sanders, Robert Fleer, Jonathan Sullens, Kyle Pierce and Sean Dyer.

Officers were dispatched at 4:05 a.m. Sunday to the 1400 block of North Garland in reference to a motorcycle lying in the roadway, according to an affidavit filed in the case. The motorcycle checked back to Childs, owner of Wild Child’s Gentlemen’s Club.

While officers were impounding the motorcycle and waiting for a wrecker service, officers heard several shots fired, with one of the shots going directly over one officer’s head. As officers retreated to their patrol vehicles for cover, they heard two additional shots.

The department’s SWAT team was called to the scene and conducted a search, finding Childs lying in the grass with a brown leather gun holster — but with no gun.

Childs told officers at the scene before bed he had taken a 10-mg Ambien, a prescription sleep aid, but could not remember anything else. The affidavit states several officers noted Childs appeared intoxicated.

Officers recovered two spent .45-caliber shell casings, a Springfield Armory XD 45 APC handgun and an XD .45-caliber magazine in the area where Childs was found.

Officers also found a gouge mark in the gravel golf cart path. The mark was near where the shell casings had been found and where the other officers had been standing on the fairway.

Detectives were able to confirm the gun found belonged to Childs.

They spoke with Childs’ wife at the couple’s home. She said she and Childs had been in an argument at about 2 a.m. that morning. She said she left the residence at about 3 a.m., and Childs also left, going north on his motorcycle. She said when he left, he was wearing his gun and his holster, Morris said.

She said the only gun missing from the house was Rick’s Springfield Armory XD 45 APC. She provided officers with the serial number for the gun, which matched that of the gun found on the golf course, Morris said.

Henneke requested a preliminary hearing on the case be set, and Lovell set a date of Sept. 30 for the hearing. Asai requested a bond appearance date prior to the hearing, and Lovell set an appearance for Aug. 26.