Cushing Woman Charged With Attacking 74-year old
(Stillwater, Okla.) – A Cushing woman was charged Friday with aggravated assault and battery upon an elderly person described in court documents as a 74-year-old small frail lady.
Kristi Anne Tate, 47, is alleged to have pushed her boyfriend’s mother down and hit her on her shoulder in an April 5 incident at Fairlawn Cemetery north of Cushing on Highway 18.
Tate was originally charged with misdemeanor assault and battery, released from jail on April 6 on $1,500 bond, and ordered to have no contact with the 74-year-old woman. That misdemeanor charge was dismissed on April 14 when the case was re-filed as a felony, court records show.
Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Nack was on patrol in the Cushing area at 3:30 p.m. on April 5 when he heard a radio call regarding an assault in progress at the Fairlawn Cemetery, according to his affidavit.
“I responded from approximately three miles away,” and met with the 74-year-old woman, the deputy wrote in his affidavit. “Kristi Tate had left southbound prior to my arrival,” the deputy wrote in his affidavit.
The 74-year-old woman “advised that Kristi came to her house shortly before this incident requesting a ride to the cemetery where her car was parked,” the affidavit said.
After the older woman drove Tate there, the older woman got out and unlocked the building at the cemetery, the affidavit alleged.
“Kristi (Tate) wanted keys,” which the older woman had, the affidavit alleged.
After the 74-year-old woman got back into her car to leave, “An argument ensued and (the victim) states that Kristi got mad and started to fight her to gain control of the keys and demanding that she give them to her,” the affidavit alleged.
During a scuffle, the older woman’s right hand got closed in a car door, the affidavit said.
“She further advised that Kristi pushed her down and hit her on her right shoulder,” the affidavit alleged.
The older woman had a bloody finger on her right hand, as well as blood and scrapes on the top of her left hand, the affidavit said.
The 74-year-old woman said that Tate finally got the keys from her pocket “and hit her with the keys and choked her,” the affidavit alleged.
“I observed redness on the left area of her throat and some spots of bruising/blood under the skin,” on the older woman, the deputy wrote in his affidavit.
On the deputy’s request, Cushing police contacted Tate at her residence in the 500 block of S. Cleveland, the affidavit said.
Tate, who is described in court documents as “of robust health,” could be given as much as a five-year prison term if convicted of aggravated assault and battery upon an elderly person.