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July 15, 2013

Duncan man arrested in Friday stabbing

DUNCAN — A Duncan man is facing assault and battery with deadly weapon charges following an incident Friday.

Benjamin Arnold Birchfield, 30, was arrested Friday after allegedly stabbing a woman in the 700 block of Smith. If convicted, Birchfield could face up to life imprisonment.

According to the affidavit submitted by Lt. John Webb of the Duncan Police Department, Webb was dispatched to the residence on Smith for a stabbing call.

“Dispatch advised they received a 911 call from that address from a female who advised she had been stabbed several times in the neck by her ex-boyfriend, and he was still on scene. Dispatch advised the victim had locked herself in the house and the suspect was hiding in the garage.”

Webb, along with Sgt. Ron Corcorran and Master Officer Chisholm Hale, arrived at the residence around 2:11 a.m..

“As we approached the house, a white female exited the front door. (She) was covered in blood and was holding a towel to her neck.”

The woman was asked about who stabbed her, and she said “her ex-boyfriend Benjamin was hiding in the garage.” The woman said she had been stabbed with a metal kitchen knife and was not sure if the alleged suspect still had the knife or not, according to the affidavit.

“Sgt. Corcorran and Master Officer Hale then entered the residence after receiving information from (the woman) on how to gain access to the garage,” noted the report. “I stayed outside the residence to ensure the suspect didn’t escape through the garage door and secure the parameter. I then walked to the north side of the garage to ensure there was not an exit door the suspect could leave through.

“Upon shining my flashlight on the north side of the house, I had my attention drawn to the roof. I then located the suspect, later identified as Benjamin Birchfield, lying on his back on the roof of the residence. Birchfield was ordered to put his hands in the air and was held at gunpoint.”

Hale exited the residence to assist Webb on the north side of the house.

“Master Officer Hale scaled a fence and climbed onto the roof, where Birchfield was placed in handcuffs and searched for offensive weapons.”

A report filed by Duncan Master Officer Leland Parker indicated Parker responded to the alleged stabbing location, where he met with Webb, Corcorran and Hale.

“They advised me that there was a victim with puncture wounds to the chest and abdomen, and that the suspect (Birchfield) was in custody on the rooftop. I stood by with MO Hale awaiting the fire department to bring a ladder to assist with safely getting Birchfield off the roof.”

According to Parker’s report, Detective Donny Foraker had Parker transport Birchfield to the Duncan Police Department, where Foraker was waiting to do the interview with Birchfield.

“While waiting, Birchfield made several voluntary statements to me,” noted Parker’s report. “Birchfield stated (. . .) she deserved what she got and that he hoped she was dead so she could not repopulate the white race.”

Under Foraker’s orders, Parker transported Birchfield to the Stephens County Jail.

“As I transported him, Birchfield made the statement that he needed a cigarette because he was going to jail for murder.”

Upon arrival at the Stephens County Jail, Birchfield was booked into the jail.

EMS had already arrived on the scene to treat the woman’s wounds.

“I observed a large gash to the right side of (her) neck, three puncture wounds to (her) right breast and one puncture wound to (her) upper abdomen.”

The woman was treated at the scene and transported to Duncan Regional Hospital for observation and further treatment.

“I entered the residence through the garage door and entered the kitchen/dining room area of the residence,” according to the affidavit. “I observed droplets of blood on the floor and the counter area of the kitchen. I observed a stainless steak-type knife lying on the counter among the blood droplets.”

According to Webb’s affidavit, there was also a trail of blood droplets that led from the kitchen, down a hallway and into a bathroom, “where a large amount of blood was located.”

Information filed by the Stephens County District Attorney’s Office shows this charge comes after the former conviction of a felony.

Birchfield was convicted of a felony in Tulsa County District Court for the false declaration of ownership in pawn, and was sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections. Birchfield was also convicted in the Rogers County District Court for escaping from confinement, where he was sentenced to two years in the Department of Corrections.

The victim’s status is not known.

Birchfield’s bond is set at $500,000 and no contact with the victim. If he makes bond, a GPS device is required. A preliminary hearing conference is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 11.

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