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June 20, 2014

Bayonet used in threatening clash


A woman and her nephew were threatened with a bayonet, police allege, and racially abused in their own neighborhood.

Chickasha officers took Matthew Norris into custody late Thursday night after receiving reports of a white male in the 1100 block of N. 9th Street threatening the caller. When they responded, Norris was found without shoes or a shirt and appeared heavily intoxicated, according to a CPD report.

Officers then went to speak to the victim, Melinda McHugh, who said she was outside when a man, identified as Norris, walked up the street and began threatening her and her nephew. 

"He then told her that she better get her friends because he has a knife," the CPD report reads.

McHugh reportedly told Norris to "move on" before calling police. She reported that Norris hurled racial slurs at her and her nephew multiple times. By the time police arrived, the nephew had left the scene.

Officers also contacted Norris' wife, named as Jennifer Torralba, Torralba handed police a "large bayonet", the report says, which she said she took off of Norris earlier. In the front yard of the residence, police also found an old bolt action rifle that appeared to match the bayonet. Torralba confirmed both objects belonged to Norris. 

Norris was taken to Grady County Jail on charges of threatening to perform a violent act and public drunk. 

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