Sapulpa man with 15 counts of domestic violence arrested again for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend

A criminal history search showed that the defendant has been charged with at least 15 previous domestic violence charges in Tucson, Arizona.

On January 7th at approximately 10:30 Officer Baylor Pittinger responded to a domestic disturbance on South Maple in Sapulpa. Upon his arrival he met the victim who stated that she had had a fight with her boyfriend, Robert Detwiler (Defendant). She said that she and the defendant had had a tumultuous, on-again, off-again relationship for around 10 years.

The victim said that Detwiler threw objects at her when she tried to flee into the bathroom, and when her back was turned he struck her in the head, either with an object or his fist, knocking her to the floor.

At this point the defendant got on top of the victim and put both of his hands around her neck, choking her until she could not breathe and she almost lost consciousness.
The defendant’s father, Robert Detwiler, Sr., ran into the room and pulled the defendant off of her.

The victim said she started convulsing, coughing, dry heaving, and trying to catch her breath. About 15 minutes later she was able to call police because the defendant was in the shower and she felt safe sneaking outside into the yard to make the call.

The victim was observed to have redness, swelling and scratches around her neck as well as a large knot on the side of her head that was already badly bruised. She was transported to St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa to receive further medical care.

Officer Pittinger spoke with the witness, Detwiler Sr., who said that he had heard the victim and defendant bickering and then he heard banging against the bathroom wall as if someone were being thrown against it. He walked into the bathroom to find his son, the defendant, again straddling the victim and with his hands around her throat. The witness placed the defendant in a choke hold and pulled him off of her.

When questioned by Pittinger the defendant said that he and his girlfriend had been arguing in their room when she stormed off to the bathroom and ran into the corner of the door, causing the large knot on her head.

Detwiler later recanted this story and said that the victim had rushed him while swinging at him. He restrained her wrist and suffered cuts to his hands, wrists, and knuckles.

Officer Pittinger placed Detwiler under arrest and transported him to the Sapulpa Police Department for booking.

A criminal history search showed that the defendant has been charged with at least 15 previous domestic violence charges in Tucson, Arizona.

About the Author

Born and raised in Sapulpa, Elizabeth has a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies and is a former banker. She is thrilled to be back in her hometown with her husband Michael and to be contributing to The Sapulpa Times.

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