By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Stillwater man, who has been charged with cutting tires on six vehicles, burglarizing a car, smashing the front window of a vacant store, and spitting on an officer, used a spoon to scratch the paint with swastikas and “God is dead” and “No God,” on the wall and door of his cell in the city jail, an affidavit alleged.
Christopher Aaron Edward Purcell, 22, who remains held in the Payne County Jail on $25,000 total bail, also attempted to drown himself in the toilet of the Stillwater City Jail, an affidavit alleged.
Purcell has been ordered to appear in court on April 5 on three felony and six misdemeanor counts punishable on conviction by as much as 16 years’ incarceration and $15,000 in fines, court records show.
After Purcell was arrested at 12:24 am on March 5 on suspicion of vandalism on Perkins Road, Stillwater Police Officer William Cluck heard a detention officer in the city jail at 1:40 am ask for help with a prisoner that was attempting to drown himself in the toilet, according to his affidavit.
“I started assisting with strapping Purcell into the restraint chair,” to prevent him from hurting himself, the officer alleged in his affidavit.
“I was positioned near Purcell’s right leg and was strapping his right ankle to the chair when I heard the sound of someone spitting and then felt spit land on the right side of my face and inside my ear. I looked up at Purcell and he was laughing. I could see some spit still hanging in his facial hair.
“I said, ‘well that just earned you another felony, asshole,’ and he continued laughing…We were able to get Purcell restrained in the chair without further incident. Once Purcell was secured, I wiped the spit off of my face and used hand sanitizer to attempt to kill any germs,” the officer alleged in his affidavit.
Purcell, who was intoxicated when he was arrested, “had admitted to drinking from an open bottle of liquor in his pocket a few hours earlier. An open bottle of Burnett’s vodka was located in his front right pants pocket,” Stillwater Police Officer Dusty Behne alleged in an affidavit.
Vandalism calls had started coming in at 9:51 pm on March 4 when a woman said “she had seen a male dressed in black who had possibly sliced tires on one or two vehicles and appeared to have stabbed one tire as she walked by,” near the 1400 block of N. Perkins Road, his affidavit said.
The suspect, described as about 5’6″ in a dark hoodie and black pants, was walking south, the affidavit said. A man leaving a gas station’s restroom matched the suspect’s description, the affidavit alleged.
Purcell “had a small laceration on his left hand where fresh blood was pooling,” the affidavit alleged. Purcell claimed “he was out walking because he could not sleep,” the affidavit alleged.
After removing a pocket knife from Purcell’s pocket, the officer alleged in his affidavit, “During my pat down, glass shards fell from between his backpack and his black hoodie onto the ground. The knife that I removed from his pocket was a tan M&P M2.0 with a folding blade and a glass break punch on one end. This end appeared to have glass particles around the tip and blood on the handle opposite the clip. Christopher’s hoodie appeared to have very small glass particles embedded in the fabric.”
In one of Purcell’s pockets, the officer located a wallet with a woman’s identification, a debit card, three gift cards, $17 in cash, some change, and a medical card that had been stolen from her car burglarized in the parking lot of Walmart on Perkins Road on March 4, the affidavit alleged.
When Purcell was taken to the Stillwater City Jail, he “became verbal making raunchy comments about the way the detention officer was searching him. Upon Christopher being placed into his cell, he began flushing the toilet multiple times causing the cell to flood with water,” which was then turned off, the affidavit alleged.
“As I was completing paperwork, Christopher began to hit the door to his cell. He later removed his orange jumpsuit and was standing in his cell naked. Upon leaving the jail, I heard the detention officer request an officer to respond due to an inmate trying to drown himself in the toilet,” the officer alleged in his affidavit.