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Alva man charged with assault


A local man apparently took offense when his offer to mow a lawn for free was turned down. His response to the rejection landed him in jail.

Court records show that Friday, May 13, about 7:40 p.m. Alva Police Officer Caleb McCullough was dispatched to 11th and Center streets where a man was reported bleeding from the arm and head and claiming to be armed with a knife. The man was reported to have refused to leave a residence. While on the way, officers were updated that the man was now in the 1100 block of Barnes Avenue.

On Barnes Avenue, McCullough briefly talked with Jose Reynaga about what happened and where the suspect was. Reynaga pointed at a building where a bike was parked and said the man went behind the bush.

Behind the bush, officers saw a broken window on a detached garage that was being used as storage. Several officers announced their presence, advising the suspect to make himself known and to exit the building. There was no response. Sgt. Ron Vasquez eventually located the suspect under a pile of items in the southwest corner of the garage near the window where he made entry. Multiple commands were given to the suspect to come out with no response from him.

Sgt. Kris Franta brought his K-9 to the door of the garage and gave multiple commands advising the suspect to come out or he would be bitten. The man finally stood up and was recognized by several officers as Daniel Northcross. The suspect complied with commands and was taken into custody without further incident.

Northcross was searched and two pocketknives were found on his person. Reynaga positively identified Northcross as the man who assaulted him in his front yard. Alva EMS checked Northcross for injuries and cleared him for transport. He was taken to the Woods County Jail where he was booked in.

Officers followed up with Reynaga at his residence on 11th Street where he provided a more detailed account of what happened. Reynaga said he was mowing his yard when Northcross approached and asked to let him mow his yard for free because he was feeling very high. Reynaga told Northcross no and asked him to leave.

Northcross became upset and began walking toward Reynaga in a threatening manner, according to the affidavit on file. Reynaga gave Northcross one last warning to back away. Northcross started to curse at Reynaga and said he was going to stab him with his switchblade. Reynaga started to dial 911, and Northcross began to run at Reynaga.

Reynaga began retreating, and Northcross turned around. Then Northcross turned back to Reynaga and advanced at him several times while he was on the phone to dispatch. Reynaga said he had to retreat across the street and through his neighbor’s yard.

He said Northcross took off north across neighbors' yards, crossed Barnes and went into a vacant building, at which point police arrived. Reynaga advised he would like charges filed against Northcross and provided a written statement.

Franta spoke with Karl Ressler who stated he did not know Northcross and did not give him permission to enter his garage. He also wanted to pursue charges against Northcross.

On March 16 in Woods County District Court, Daniel Dwayne Northcross, 52, of Alva, was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, a felony. This crime is punishable by imprisonment for up to ten years.

Northcross was also charged with breaking and entering a dwelling without permission, a misdemeanor. This crime is punishable by a fine of up to $500, or imprisonment for up to one year, or both.


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