Chickasha police search for beating suspect accused of attacking another person

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CHICKASHA, Okla. - Royce Jarnagin was supposed to be undergoing a jury trial this week in Grady County for allegedly beating his estranged wife and another woman with a bladed hammer.

That trial did not happen, though, because Jarnagin is on the run after being accused of attacking another woman about three weeks ago.

“The person alleged that she was at home when her boyfriend, Mr. Jarnagin, jumped on top of her, was accusing her of some crazy things and then began punching her in the face,” said Lt. Scott Weaver with the Chickasha Police Department.

Court documents said the victim’s face was “bloody, swollen and bruised” and both her “eyes were swollen shut.”

Officers went to Jarnagin’s home.

They couldn’t find him, but they did find an ankle monitor.

“The only thing that was there was the ankle monitor, which he was required by law to wear. He had taken it off and left it in the residence when he went on the lam so to speak,” Weaver said.

According to court documents, a family member said “Jarnagin had taken off his ankle monitor and had his son (17-year-old) wear the ankle monitor.”

That ankle monitor was part of the conditions of Jarnagin’s bail from the attack on his wife last April.

“I was of the opinion, personally, having filed it, that there were no conditions that could be placed on his bond that could keep the community safe,” said Grady County Assistant District Attorney Josh McGoldrick.

McGoldrick requested, at that time, that bond be denied, and he said, if and when Jarnagin is captured, he will request no bond again.

“It’s my position that he is a danger to the community,” McGoldrick said.

Police are actively looking for Jarnagin and believe he may still be in the Chickasha area.

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