, Muskogee, OK

November 8, 2012

Area man held in stabbing

Man arrested in assault also faces Wagoner charges in unrelated case

By Dylan Goforth
Phoenix Staff Writer

— A Fort Gibson man was ordered held on $25,000 bond Wednesday after being arrested for allegedly stabbing another man.

Larry Shank, 20, is held at the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility on complaints of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Muskogee Police Lt. Bobby Lee said Shank was arrested Wednesday morning about 7:20 a.m., just minutes after an altercation with another man in the 2900 block of Court Street.

Shank allegedly stabbed 24-year-old Cole Gordon in the torso during an altercation about missing property, Lee said.

No weapon had been recovered.

Gordon was taken to Muskogee Regional Medical Center, but later was flown to a Tulsa hospital. An updated condition report on Gordon was not available Thursday because of the criminal nature of his wound, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Shank was charged Thursday in Wagoner County in an unrelated case with assault and battery upon a police officer, and threatening to perform an act of violence. A warrant request in that case states Shank attacked two Wagoner County Sheriff’s deputies Feb. 15 when they attempted to take Shank’s jail-issued blanket out of his cell, because Shank was on suicide watch.

The warrant request states Shank then told one of the deputies, “You better hope I never see you on the street, I’ll (expletive) kill you. I’ll kill you and your (expletive) family.”

Online court records show the District 27 District Attorney’s Office requested Shank be held on $7,500 bond in that case. Shank was given probation in 2010 in Wagoner County for convictions of:    

• Assault and battery upon a police officer;

• Obstructing an officer; and

• Threatening to perform an act of violence.

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