Stillwater man charged with aggravated assault

Kertis Newsom

A 28-year-old Stillwater man has pleaded not guilty in Payne County District Court to a felony charge of aggravated assault and battery after witnesses say he “punched a guy out” at an ATM near 500 S Washington St. in the early morning Sunday hours. Kertis Wayne Newsom was arrested June 3 on the single assault count.

According to the affidavit, officers were dispatched to a fight near Outlaws and began speaking to witnesses upon arrival. They pointed to a suspect who was trying to enter a vehicle near the Cowboy Laundry. Police say upon approaching the suspect they smelled a strong odor of alcohol and obsersved “glassy and bloodshot” eyes.

Police say when Newsom was asked for ID they noticed blood on his knuckles. A witness said Newsom had walked up to the alleged victim, “like nothing was wrong, punched him in the mouth, knocking out his tooth, causing (the victim) to fall to the ground and hit his head on the concrete.

According to the report, the victim was diagnosed with possible subdural hemorrhage (brain bleed) and a broken tooth.

Newsroom posted bond that was set at $7,500. His next court appearance is set for the preliminary docket, July 1.