Charges filed against man in Tulsa assault, arson case
BY AMANDA BLAND World Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
8/07/12 at 10:29 PM
Prosecutors filed charges on Tuesday against a 27-year-old man who is accused of beating a 66-year-old man and then setting a fire on an apartment balcony.
Brandon Dean Rhotenberry is charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree arson, resisting an officer, and two counts of assault and battery, Tulsa County District Court filings show.
Rhotenberry is accused of punching Ray Thomas repeatedly after Thomas denied Rhotenberry access to an apartment building in the 7300 block of South Memorial Drive, according to his arrest report.
Thomas told Rhotenberry he was not supposed to be in the building if he did not live there, the report states. Rhotenberry then is accused of forcing his way inside, striking Thomas and injuring Thomas’ wife, who tried to break up the fight.
Rhotenberry then fled to his mother-in-law’s apartment nearby and told his estranged wife that he’d gotten into a fight with a 30-year-old man and needed somewhere to stay, the arresting officer wrote.
His wife took him to her residence at the Foxfire Apartments, 7324 S. Wheeling Ave. When officers arrived to arrest Rhotenberry, they found him lying on the floor and saw a small fire on the apartment’s balcony.
Rhotenberry failed to comply with the officers' commands to show his hands and was Tased when he reached behind a couch, according to the report.
He was charged with first-degree robbery in 2007 but pleaded guilty to an amended charge of aggravated assault and battery. He was incarcerated for seven months and was on probation until February.
He also served seven months for second-degree burglary in 2004.
Brandon Dean Rhotenberry