OKLAHOMA CITY – An intern at the public defender’s office was allegedly brutally attacked by a transient outside the Oklahoma County Annex building. It happened around noon on Tuesday outside the Oklahoma County Court Annex building.
"What in the world just happened? I just got attacked, and I have no idea why," Sara Sharp told News 4.
Sharp said that’s what was going through her head when what started off as a normal lunch break from her internship spiraled into anything but ordinary.
"The rest of the interns were taking the elevators, and I don't do elevators. So, I said I would take the stairs and meet them down there," she said.
At the end of those stairs, Sharp had a terrifying encounter with 40-year-old Antwan Allen. She said she smiled at him and tried to continue on her way.
“The dude was like, ‘Are you laughing at me, too?’ And, I didn’t think he was talking to me because it was such an off the wall comment. So, I kept walking,” she said.
That’s when Sharp said he shouted it at her again, even louder this time.
"So, I turned around and started walking away from him, and he yelled an expletive at me, and I turn over my right shoulder to see how close he was and, right as I turned, he punched me right in the face. My left side of my head went right into the ICB, and then he laid me out on the floor," she said.
People who witnessed it rushed to Sharp's side and called for help.
Sharp said she recognized Allen as one of the transients who often hangs out in the area but said he’s never been violent until now.
"I think he's likely a paranoid schizophrenic. The fact that he asked if I was laughing at him too, and no one else was laughing at him," she said. "I don't want to stigmatize the homeless community in Oklahoma City. This has been the first time I've seen anything of them act aggressively, for the most part, they keep to themselves.”
Allen was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on one count of assault and battery.