Cushing Man Charged with Car Burglary & Meth Possession
(Stillwater, Okla.) – A Cushing man with an extensive criminal record has been ordered to appear in Payne County District Court on April 6 on charges of breaking into a car after prior felony convictions and possessing methamphetamine as a second offense, both in Cushing on March 1.
Richard Douglas Ward, 36, who got out of prison about five years ago, has also been charged in Creek County with assault and battery on a Drumright police officer, resisting an officer and trespassing after being forbidden in 2016, on which he has been ordered to appear in court on April 14.
Ward, who remains free on $11,000 total bond in both counties, was arrested by Cushing Police Detective Rachel Hentges at 3:24 p.m. on March 1 at Seventh and Little streets after she was dispatched there about a vehicle burglary, according to her affidavit.
A caller reported that Ward was walking toward the car owner with a gun, the affidavit alleged.
“Ward spontaneously told me the gun was a toy and he had been playing a trick,” on the car owner, the Cushing detective wrote in her affidavit.
A baggy of multiple different pills, a bag containing three baggies of a substance that field-tested as methamphetamine and a baggy containing a substance that field-tested as marijuana were all removed from Ward, the affidavit alleged.
The car owner said that he had been texted by Ward at 9:13 a.m. about money, the affidavit alleged. He said that he did not owe Ward any money, but his ex-girlfriend did, the affidavit alleged.
He said that he was texted again at about 2 p.m. from Ward, who said he had put “it” under his car seat, which Ward later clarified as “that gun,” the affidavit alleged. He said “he did not know why Ward would have put a gun under his driver’s seat,” the affidavit alleged.
When he went outside, he “reported he did not see a gun under his driver’s seat, but did notice his two speakers and speak box were missing from his back seat,” so he texted Ward to bring them back, the affidavit alleged.
He said he then used his cell phone to record Ward entering his vehicle, looking through his girlfriend’s wallet and looking through property in the back seat, the affidavit alleged.
He said Ward took the car speakers out of the back of his Explorer and put them on the trunk of the owner’s car, the affidavit alleged.
He said “he stayed inside the residence and recorded Ward until the police arrived,” due to Ward having a gun, the affidavit alleged.
“Ward reported when he got the speakers out of the vehicle, that was when he put the toy gun under the seat,” the affidavit alleged.
“Ward told me the last time he used methamphetamine was approximately six days prior. He stated, ‘I kind of had to, to get it.’
“He stated he was supposed to put the meth or bath salts and pills he had in his possession in the dumpster. He reported they were supposed to go in the wallet he had in his possession and he was supposed to throw them in the dumpster,” the affidavit alleged.
“He said he was unsure who was supposed to pick the items up. Ward told me he had been given the drugs by a woman whom he knew as ‘Chick.’
“Ward told me he found the little orange baggy with the marijuana in it at the car wash that day. He stated he got the pills and crystal-like substance from Chick either the day before or two days before.
“Ward said he was instructed to try to find someone who wanted to buy it or place it in the dumpster,” the Cushing detective alleged in her affidavit.
According to records from the state Department of Corrections and court system, Ward was released from prison in June 2012 after serving about one-third of a jury-recommended 15-year sentence he was given in 2007 for second-degree burglary in Payne County in 2005.
Ward also served concurrently about one-third of a 14-year prison term he was given in 2007 for possessing methamphetamine and marijuana in Cushing in 2005, court records show.
In addition to his two prior Payne County convictions, according to DOC records Ward also received:
* two concurrent three-year prison terms from Pushmataha County in 2000 for carrying a firearm after a former felony conviction in 1999 and knowingly concealing stolen property in 1998;
* four concurrent three-year probationary terms from Pottawatomie County in 1998 for two counts each of knowingly concealing stolen property and passing a forged instrument.
Due to his criminal record, Ward could receive 20 years to life in prison if convicted of car burglary after a former felony conviction, and 10 years in prison if convicted of methamphetamine possession as a subsequent offense, according to his Payne County charges filed last week.