CLAREMORE — The hunt for “Sasquatch” in a section of woods in Rogers County sent one man to the hospital and three people to jail after what they told deputies was an “accidental shooting” Saturday night.
Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said the sheriff’s office received word of the shooting about 10 p.m., but preliminary investigation revealed conflicting stories. Walton said investigators are still sifting through information, but the group first told them they had been shot at out in the woods.
Omar Alejandro Pineda, 21, of Tulsa, was jailed for reckless conduct with a firearm and obstructing an officer. He is currently being held without bond, and is awaiting a Nov. 15 court date.
Pineda’s wife, Lacey Jane Pineda, 22, of Tulsa, was released from jail after posting $1,000 bond for obstructing an officer. She allegedly gave authorities a conflicting story as to why the foursome was in the woods.
Perry Don James, 53, of Catoosa, was released from jail after posting $6,000 bond on complaints of destroying evidence and carrying a firearm after conviction of a felony. Walton said James, Lacey Pineda’s father, allegedly threw the handgun into a pond after Omar Pineda gave it to him following the shooting. Investigators are hoping to recover that weapon, Walton said.
Court records show James was convicted in 2010 of sexual battery of a person over the age of 16 in Tulsa County. He received a 5-year suspended sentence, which could be revoked following this arrest.
“When we asked them what they were doing in the woods, they said ‘well we were hunting Sasquatch,'” Walton said. “Eventually the story changed that they didn’t get shot at, it was that one of the men got scared and fired the handgun and struck his buddy.”
Walton said he was told the wounded man suffered wounds to his kidney and liver, but his wounds were considered non-life threatening.
“Basically what it comes down to is if they had just explained the situation truthfully, none of this needed to happen,” Walton said.