Enid man accused of hitting with with brass knuckles

Enid Police Department

ENID, Okla. — A 26-year-old Enid man was arraigned Thursday on a felony domestic assault and battery charge accusing him of beating his wife with a pair of brass knuckles.

Ferdinando John Quagliato Jr. was charged with domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor counts of threatening to perform an act of violence and carrying weapons. He faces up to a year in county jail or up to 10 years in prison on the felony.

Bond for Quagliato was set at $15,000, with a condition of bond being he have no contact with the victim, and he was ordered to return to court Sept. 16 for a bond appearance.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Enid Police Department officers responded at 3:57 p.m. Aug. 2 to the 500 block of South Madison for a domestic battery in progress. When officers arrived, they found people on the porch of the residence yelling at one another.

Officer Brad Davis noted in his affidavit the younger woman in the group had "large bruises" on her face, legs and arms.

Davis spoke with Quagliato and asked if he had any weapons. Quagliato said he had a knife in one pocket and a pair of metal knuckles in the other, according to the affidavit. Davis removed the knife and metal knuckles from Quagliato's pockets for officer safety.

Davis asked Quagliato what happened. Quagliato said he and his wife had an argument. He took Davis inside the residence and showed him broken glass in the room where the argument occurred, according to the affidavit. Davis noted seeing the bedroom furniture being disturbed, broken items from atop the dresser on the floor and seeing a lamp that appeared to have been thrown.

Inside the kitchen, pots, utensils and dishes of food were on the floor in various places, according to the affidavit. Davis asked Quagliato what caused the items to be on the floor. Quagliato said he did not know.

Davis spoke with the wife and was able to see "extensive bruising" on her legs, according to the affidavit. Davis pointed them out, and the woman said they were old and would not go away. Davis noted the bruises were "fairly large" and in different stages of healing.

The woman told Davis the bruises she had were caused by running into things or from moving items while at work, according to the affidavit. She said Quagliato just yelled at her and called her names.

While speaking with the woman, Davis noted seeing apparently fresh red marks along her throat. Davis asked the woman about the marks, according to the affidavit. The woman said she made the marks herself and also said Quagliato did not make the marks.

Later, the woman told Davis that Quagliato has developed a methamphetamine habit and he was no longer the same person, according to the affidavit. She said he developed the addiction within in the past seven months. She began to cry and said Quagliato needed help with his addiction.

The woman said Quagliato is not like this when he is sober, according to the affidavit. She said Quagliato has the tendency to speak to people who are not there. She said he has begun to image people in the room who are not there.

While speaking with the woman, Davis noticed the bruise on her leg having a mark similar to the shape of the metal knuckles taken from Quagliato's pocket, according to the affidavit. Davis took the knuckles and placed them near the mark. Davis noted in the affidavit the marks ended "almost perfectly" with the knuckles.

The woman admitted Quagliato had put the knuckles on his hand that day. She said while he had the metal knuckles on his hand he raised his closed fist and threatened her, according to the affidavit. She said she turned from Quagliato and turned her head into the shelves in the kitchen. She said she turned her head because she was afraid Quagliato was going to hit her with the knuckles. She said Quagliato did not hit her with the knuckles that day.

Davis later went to St. Mary's Regional Medical Center to speak with the woman further, according to the affidavit. She admitted to Davis the injury he pointed out earlier happened about 1:30 a.m. July 31 and was caused by Quagliato hitting her with the metal knuckles.

She said Quagliato believed someone was in the residence and it was the person she was cheating on him with, according to the affidavit. She said Quagliato yelled at her to be quiet because he was trying to hear the person inside the residence.

She said Quagliato hit her with the metal knuckles, causing the injury, according to the affidavit. She said Quagliato continued to threaten her with the metal knuckles on an almost daily basis and threatened to not only do physical harm to her but to also take her kids away from her if she did anything to him.

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