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Charges dropped against BA standoff suspect

Posted at 5:52 PM, Jun 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-08 21:12:07-04

TULSA -- The District Attorney's Office has dropped charges against the man accused of kidnapping and engaging police in a standoff in Broken Arrow.

Joey Brashears was charged with kidnapping, interference with an emergency telephone call, resisting an officer and obstructing an officer. 

On April 27, 911 got a hang-up call. They responded to the address and officers said they heard a woman yelling and were met by the woman, who was in her 40's, outside the home. She told officers that she had been kidnapped by a man she had been dating and had fought her way out of the home.

Officers engaged in an hours-long standoff with Brashears. His home eventually caught on fire and he was removed from the home while unconscious by police. He was treated in the hospital and released to the jail. 

The DA's office said they tried many times since the incident to get the victim to cooperate with them but they were unsuccessful. 

Erik Grayless, the first assistant district attorney, said they sent the woman a letter in May with the DA's office phone number saying they wanted to help her. About two weeks later, they left her a message on her phone. About a week after that, Grayless said her phone stopped accepting calls. 

In this case, the DA's office said they need the victim to be able to prosecute the case since only she knew what happened inside the home. 

Court records show three protective orders, a domestic abuse and battery charge and a felony count of pointing a firearm have all been dropped against Brashears because the victims would not cooperate or show up to court. 

"Prosecutors and police are in very precarious positions with domestic victims who are not cooperative," Grayless said. "If we have witnesses, we can proceed against the defendants. If we have things that are on video or left openly or full left open phone calls and we can hear what's happening, we can proceed."

Grayless would not say if the victim, in this case, was the same in the other cases that were dismissed. He said they hope to gain cooperation from the victim and prosecute the case in the future. 

"We need just an inch and we will help you," Grayless said. "In any way that you can, just give us the chance. Call us. Let us work with you. We have resources that can help you. We have shelters where you can find safety." 

KJRH went by Brashears home for comment. He was not home. 

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