Austin Hoover, the 15-year-old Sapulpa teen that was attacked earlier this month at the Cambridge Court Apartment complex by four males, who then recorded the assault, has admitted that one of his assailants, named Jesse Van Dyke, had agreed to buy marijuana from him the day of the attack. Hoover’s sister, Stacie Reed, says that the agreement was a ruse to get Hoover outside in order to assault him.
After Sapulpa Times first published the story of Austin Hoover’s attack, multiple readers sent us information showing Hoover admitting to thinking that one of his attackers was there to buy marijuana. “I had been saving up my own money to by [sic] a car to get to and from work when I turned 16,” Hoover said in a Facebook post that was sent to Sapulpa Times. “Because I thought Jesse and I were cool and was friends, I agreed to sell it to him. When I got to the gate Jesse was alone. We shook hands we was being friendly when the other 4 guys walked up. They was also being friendly at first. We all shook hands and was talking when all the sudden I started to get punched in the face.”
When asked about the circumstances that began the encounter, Reed confirmed the details, but also said “No exchange was ever made.” She said she believes Jesse “just used pot to get Austin outside. Austin is not an active drug dealer nor has he ever been.”
“Austin has admitted to his mistake, he was open and honest about it. We raised Austin to have high morals and standards and he is facing consequences,” Reed says.
Sapulpa Police were actively investigating the assault when the Supreme Court ruling on McGirt v. Oklahoma came down and declared Eastern Oklahoma an Indian Reservation. SPD discovered that multiple suspects in the attack have a certified degree of Indian blood to an Oklahoma tribe, and said the case would be turned over to the Creek Nation Lighthorse Tribal Police.
On Friday, July 17th, Creek Nation confirmed with Sapulpa Times that they had received the case and were beginning their own investigation. On the following Monday night, Stacie Reed said that the family had been in contact with the Creek Nation Lighthorse Tribal Police and that the “non-natives would be tried by the state, and the natives will be tried by the tribal court.” Reed says the investigation is ongoing. “It’s still one case, just divided based on jurisdiction.”
Reed says the same group of boys has attacked others, including a homeless man “the day after Austin’s attack.” Sapulpa Times has not been able to confirm those allegations. “Honestly, I don’t believe drugs was part of it, or why they chose to jump him.” Reed says the proposed drug deal just “gave them a clearer opportunity to do the job they clearly had planned to set out and do.”