Three People Arrested in Oklahoma After Botched Bigfoot Hunt
Police in one Oklahoma community were left shaking their heads in frustration after a supposed Bigfoot hunt gone wrong led to three arrests.
21-year-old Omar Pineda told police last week that he and a friend were hunting on a relative's property in Rogers County, OK when Pineda heard a barking sound, panicked and accidentally shot his friend in the back.
Police, however, weren’t buying the bit about a Bigfoot hunt and arrested Pineda on charges of reckless conduct with a firearm and obstruction.
"When you start off with an explanation like that, do you believe anything after that?" Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said in an interview with a local news station.
And it just gets dumber from there.
Deputies also arrested 53-year-old Perry Don James, Pineda’s father-in-law. James, a convicted felon, allegedly threw his son-in-law’s gun in a pond because he was afraid of being caught with a firearm on his property. He’s been charged with destruction of evidence and with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
But wait! There’s more!
Pineda’s 22-year-old wife, Lacey Jane Pineda, was also arrested and charged with obstruction after allegedly telling police that another person had taken shots at her husband and his friend.
Police had to send dive teams to search for the gun tossed in the pond and wasted several hours sifting through conflicting statements made by those involved.
"The aggravating part of this whole deal is that their dishonesty wasted several man hours of not only the Rogers County Sheriff's Office, but our partners at the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office," Walton said.
According to Walton, the situation may not have snowballed out of control had everyone been honest.
If [they] had just been factual, upfront and truthful with us and explained that this was truly an accident, as strange as it might sound, we would have went ahead and investigated and probably nobody would have [gone] to jail," he said.
The wounded man is expected to make a full recovery. Meanwhile, no Bigfoot sightings have been reported in the county.