The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 26, 2013

Bond set for man arraigned on charge of choking woman

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A 21-year-old Enid man is being held in lieu of $140,000 bond on a charge accusing him of choking a woman last week.

Joseph Isaac Pettibone was arraigned Thursday on a single felony count of domestic assault and battery by strangulation, punishable one to three years imprisonment and/or by a fine of up to $300.

A condition of the bond is that Pettibone is to not have any contact with his alleged victim, a woman he is accused of beating two other times this year. Those misdemeanor charges also had bond conditions of having no contact with the victim.

Pettibone appeared via video from county jail before Special District Judge Brian Lovell. Pettibone’s request for a bond reduction was denied, and he then requested a date for a preliminary hearing in the case. His case is set for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 30.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Enid Police Department Officer Joshua Allison was sent to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center on a report of an assault.

Allison spoke with a woman who had bruising around her left eye “the size of a softball,” according to the affidavit. The woman’s arm also was swollen about 4 inches from her wrist.

When Allison asked the woman how she was doing, she began to cry. She told Allison “my boyfriend beat me,” according to the affidavit. She said she and Pettibone had scrapped metal all day and when she asked for $5, they began to argue and Pettibone grabbed her by the arms.

She said Pettibone threw her around by her arms and she bit him to get him to let go. She said Pettibone threw her to the ground and as she was getting up he grabbed her by the neck with both hands and began choking her, according to the affidavit. She said Pettibone let her go but took her phone so she could not call anyone. The woman said she ran down the street and borrowed a phone to call a friend.

Allison went to their residence but no one answered the door. On Sept. 21, Allison and Officer Cody Smith saw a car matching the description of Pettibone’s vehicle.

Allison and Smith spoke with Pettibone and told him he was being placed under arrest for domestic battery. Allison noted when Pettibone was told he was being placed under arrest he said “Oh,” but did not say anything else during transport to the jail.

Online court records show Pettibone has pending misdemeanor charges of domestic abuse, filed Feb. 21, and domestic abuse in the presence of a minor, filed April 16.

Both of those cases list the same woman as the victim in the felony charge filed this week.