By Jessica Bruha
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — An Oklahoma City man was charged Wednesday after he allegedly assaulted an 11-year-old neighbor boy with a metal pipe who he told police had been harassing him for months.
Paul Arthur Wilson, 57, was charged with a felony count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon listed as a metal pipe, court records show.
The incident occurred July 30 outside of Wilson’s home in Cleveland County as the boy was riding by on his bicycle, according to the probable cause affidavit.
The victim was forensically interviewed weeks later and disclosed that he was hit in the back with a water key by a neighbor working in his yard as he was riding his bike on the sidewalk in his neighborhood.
“(The victim) said the man yelled, ‘Who’s your daddy,’ and started chasing him until the man tripped and fell to the ground,” the affidavit said.
Wilson gave a similar account when he was interviewed by police Sept. 4. He said he had taken a swing at the boy and then fell to the ground and scarred his knee. He told police he hit the victim with a rod that is used to look for water pipes, the affidavit said.
“I just snapped, that is one way to say it,” Wilson said during the interview, the affidavit states.
The day of the incident, an 11-year-old boy witnessed Wilson hitting the victim and told the victim’s mother, who then called police, records show.
At the time, the mother told police she did not want to press charges but changed her mind later that day, the affidavit said.
Wilson told police that, for several months, the victim and another 11-year-old boy would ride up on their bikes while Wilson was working in his yard, almost hitting him, the affidavit said.