Caddo County investigators are searching for a man following a violent weekend assault that left a 30-year-old Cyril man with critical injuries.
Caddo County Undersheriff Lennis Miller said that the investigation was progressing Tuesday and that a felony arrest warrant was expected to be issued Wednesday for a 30-year-old Cement man accused of the assault.
Jay Koehler was first taken to Anadarko Physician's Hospital before he was transferred Saturday morning to OU Medical Center where he was admitted with extensive facial injuries resulting from the altercation. Koehler underwent surgery Tuesday where plates and screws were put in place to hold his fractures together, according to his family. More surgeries are slated to follow.
Events unfolded Friday night outside of a home in Cement, according to Robyn Houtz, Koehler's sister who took his statement for authorities. Koehler said he'd been drinking and was outside near a bonfire when he went to put wood on the fire. The other man reportedly picked up a two-by-four and began beating Koehler from the neck up, breaking his jaw in three places, fracturing both eye sockets, splitting one eye and shattering his nose, Houtz said. Also, Koehler suffered rope burns and cartilage damage to his throat, she said. Koehler remembered what happened to cause the throat injuries.