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Suspect arrested in monk beating


OKLAHOMA CITY — A 14-year-old has been taken into custody, accused of severely beating a Buddhist monk.

On August 30th, two suspects walked into Tony Chulsuwan’s front yard in the 4900 block of N. Anderson and beat him with a lead pipe and log chain.

They stole several items and then left Chulsuwan for dead. Police say they now have one of those suspects in custody.

They first spotted Zachary Williams, 14, in a stolen vehicle at 409 N.W. 118th.

According to the police report, Williams led police on a chase before ditching the vehicle and running on foot.

Police were finally able to chase him down and get him into custody.

“I feel better because they can’t; they cannot hurt anybody else like they did on me,” said Chulsuwan.

Chulsuwan’s friend, Ray Swaford, says he’s not surprised that Williams tried to run from police.

“Not the least bit surprised. You know, these kids think they’re modern day gangsters and they know more than everybody and they’re tough guys. So yeah, that doesn’t surprise me a bit,” said Swaford.

Williams is facing a long list of serious charges, including unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude police, resisting arrest and robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

He was booked into the Berry House, the Oklahoma County juvenile detention facility.

Police are still looking for the other suspect who beat Chulsuwan.

“Yeah, I’ll feel much safer once they get him off the street as well,” said Swaford.