A suspect being sought in connection with what began as an assault but ended up being a fatal stabbing in Shawnee surrendered himself to authorities Wednesday afternoon.
A suspect sought in connection with what began as an assault case but ended up being a fatal stabbing in Shawnee surrendered himself to authorities Wednesday afternoon.
Shawnee Police Detective Jason Crouch said police had been looking for Raymond Dewayne Harjo Jr., 24, from Seminole, following the weekend stabbing at a Shawnee residence.
When the stabbing victim died Wednesday morning at an Oklahoma City hospital, a judge signed a warrant for Harjo’s arrest on a first-degree murder complaint.
Through his lawyer, Harjo turned himself in to Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth and Undersheriff Travis Palmer Wednesday afternoon, with reports indicating he gave a brief statement but didn’t answer any questions.
Harjo was taken to the Seminole County jail, where he was being held without bond Wednesday night. He will make an initial court appearance today before a Pottawatomie County judge.
Formal charges have not been filed.
Crouch said Ronald Boley Jr., 32, was stabbed in the neck during the fight Friday night but died after being taken off life support Wednesday morning.
Crouch said the stabbing occurred during a house party in the 500 block of North Louisa. Crouch said reports indicate Boley and another man were involved in some sort of altercation and were told to take it outside. During the fight, Harjo also became involved and allegedly stabbed Boley in the neck, hitting a carotid artery, Crouch said.
Harjo and the other man reportedly fled the area on foot and Boley, who was bleeding, staggered into the house, the detective reported.
“There was a blood trail from the street to sidewalk…he lost a lot of blood,” Crouch said.
Boley was transported by REACT EMS ambulance to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, where Crouch said he underwent surgery and was initially in critical, but stable condition, although he never regained consciousness.
As officers investigated the assault that night, Shawnee police K-9 handlers and their police dogs searched for the two people who fled, but only found a ball cap and a bloody T-shirt, Crouch said, with that bloody shirt later linked to Harjo. The detective indicated those at the party hadn’t really seen Harjo before.
Other than a public intoxication arrest years ago, Crouch said Harjo has no prior criminal records and police here have had no dealings with him in the past.
The undersheriff reported Harjo was taken to the Seminole County jail rather than the jail in Shawnee for safety reasons, but he’ll appear today in a Pottawatomie County courtroom.
All investigative reports are being forwarded to the district attorney’s office for consideration of any formal charges.
Watch for updates.