By Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A 31-year-old Texas man, described as appearing paranoid, has been charged in Payne County with breaking bones around a man’s right eye and a window at the victim’s Stillwater residence.
John Jacob Scoggins of Gainesville, who remains jailed on $5,000 bail, has been scheduled to appear before a Payne County judge this week of a felony charge of aggravated assault and battery, as well as a misdemeanor count of malicious injury to the victim’s home.
The victim had a cut on the bridge of his nose, dried blood coming from his nostrils, and a severely swollen right eye that he was unable to open, Stillwater Police Officer Alonzo Cordova wrote in an affidavit.
The victim was frantic when he walked into a convenience store on W. 6h Street in Stillwater at 10:55 p.m. on Feb. 17 and said he was attacked at his residence on W. 8th Street, the affidavit said.
The victim said his attacker was at his residence periodically throughout the day and that when he woke up, Scoggins “hit him with a closed fist on the right side of his face around his right eye,” the affidavit alleged.
The victim said that after he ran out of his house to the convenience store, he heard Scoggins break the glass of a window at his house, the affidavit alleged.
The victim was transported by ambulance to the Stillwater Medical Center for “a right eye orbital fracture and several broken bones around his eye,” the affidavit alleged.
The victim said that Scoggins “appeared paranoid and was making statements about being spied on by an unknown government agency,” the affidavit said.
While Scoggins was being booked into the Stillwater City Jail, “Sgt. Rager stated John appeared paranoid and was speaking erratically,” the affidavit alleged.
“I noticed what appeared to be a large amount of dried blood on John’s hands,” and was informed by the sergeant that his clothing was saturated with a substance consistent with blood, the officer wrote in his affidavit.
“As the booking process continued, I heard John state several employees from ‘L3’ were coming after him and that he was acting in self-defense,” the officer alleged in his affidavit.
If convicted of aggravated assault and battery, Scoggins could be given as much as a five-year prison term. If convicted of malicious injury to property by breaking a window at the victim’s home, Scoggins could be given a one-year jail term.