LEFLORE COUNTY, Okla. (KNWA/KFTA) — Two southeast Oklahoma men were charged with removing the testicles of a willing 28-year-old Virginia man, according to court documents.
The LeFlore County District Attorney’s office filed the court documents on Wednesday, October 21, accusing Bob Lee Allen, 53, and Thomas Evans Gates, 42, of Wister, Oklahoma for:
- COUNT 1: Conspiracy to commit unlicensed surgery
- COUNT 2: Practicing medicine without a license
- COUNT 3: Maiming
- COUNT 4: Unlawful use of communication facility
- COUNT 5: Distribution of controlled/dangerous substance
- COUNT 6: Assault/Battery with a dangerous weapon
- COUNT 7: Failure to bury a dead human member
- COUNT 8: Possession of controlled dangerous substance
- COUNT 9: Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia
On Wednesday, October 14, McAlester Regional Hospital called the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) to report they had a 28-year-old man who said he had surgery at a home in Wister on Monday, October 12.
The patient told hospital personnel that the plan was to remove his testicles, “by a Bob Allen and Thomas,” according to court documents. “The victim informed medical personnel that Bob and Thomas tried to get him to participate in cannibalism.”
Sheriff deputies spoke with the victim on Wednesday evening at the hospital.
The victim told the deputies that about three weeks ago he was searching the internet about castrations and made contact with Allen through one of those sites. They chatted online then Skyped. Allen said he had 15 years of experience and has videos of the procedures, according to a court affidavit.
On September 28, the victim, who lives in Virginia, booked a flight, after Allen told him “the surgery wouldn’t cost him anything,” per the court documents.
The victim flew to Texas and was allegedly picked up by Allen.
Once in Oklahoma, the victim says the procedure took place. Court documents say the victim was awake during the surgery and under local anesthesia.
After the surgery, Allen said, “he was going to consume the parts, laughed, and said he was a cannibal.” Allen mentioned there were six more clients scheduled for the same procedure, according to the affidavit.
On Tuesday morning, October 13, the victim said he woke up with a lot of bleeding and would pass out. He called for Allen who finally agreed to take him to McAlester Regional Hospital.
During the drive, Allen told the victim that if he died, or lost consciousness, he’d dump him in the woods. They arrived at the hospital and Allen said, “if anyone asks, he done it to himself,” according to the court document.
The LCSO got a search warrant for the Wister home. Allen and Gates were not at home when the deputies arrived.
During the search, one room had multiple storage devices with recordings of “this type of surgery,” three laptops, and numerous medications.
During the search, the deputies were told that Allen and Gates were at the hospital trying to visit the victim. That’s where McAlester police officers took both men into custody.
After the search was completed, the deputies transported Allen and Gates from the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office to LCSO for booking.
Allen and Gates are scheduled for a court appearance on October 23. Both are currently jailed with bonds set at 295,000 each.
The victim is still hospitalized at McAlester Regional Health Center due to the botched surgery.
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