The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 3, 2013

Medical complex incident leads to arraignment hearing for Enid man

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — An Enid man arrested last month following an incident at an Enid medical office complex appeared before a judge Thursday.

Allen Paul Coffey, 48, was arrested Sept. 17 after an incident in which he is accused of attempting to run over a doctor and a police officer following an outburst in Dr. Robi Chatterji’s office.

Coffey appeared via video before Special District Judge Brian Lovell.

He was arraigned on a felony charge of assault and battery upon a police officer and misdemeanor counts of domestic abuse-assault and battery, resisting arrest, threatening to perform an act of violence and two counts of disturbing the peace.

Coffey, who being held in lieu of $25,000 bond, was ordered to return to court Nov. 4 for a bond appearance.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Enid Police Department officers Tom Rhyne and Andy Morris responded at 1:46 p.m. Sept, 17 to Northwest Medical Center, 3201 N. Van Buren, in reference to a disturbance.

When Rhyne arrived Chatterji told him the man, identified as Coffey, had left.

Morris arrived and was told Coffey had left the premises in a red Ford truck but would possibly return with a firearm, according to the affidavit. While Morris was speaking with Chatterji a nurse ran out the back door of the building saying Coffey was parked out front.

Rhyne and Chatterji walked to the front of the building and Morris drove his police car around the building and parked behind Coffey’s truck.

As Morris was running a registration check on the vehicle he saw it accelerate toward Rhyne and Chatterji, according to the affidavit. The truck stopped after driving onto the sidewalk where the two were walking.

Coffey struggled with Morris, who attempted to detain him, according to the affidavit. Once he was placed into custody, Coffey turned to Morris and said, “If I catch you out of uniform and off duty, I am going to kill you,” according to the affidavit.

Morris spoke with Coffey’s estranged wife, who said in the past she’d gone to doctor appointments with Coffey before but had taken her own vehicle this time due to her fear of Coffey, according to the affidavit.

She said she was in her office Sept. 17 working when Coffey came in and grabbed her, according to the affidavit. The woman told police she was not ready to leave work but because of his past with domestic violence, she knew not to refuse. She said Coffey continued to yell at her on the way to the doctor’s office, according to the affidavit.

She said Coffey turned his attention to a man in the parking lot and she was able to run into the medical building and hide in a bathroom.