Pros­e­cu­tors look into video of road­side at­tack

The Oklahoman - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MED­LEY Staff Writer rmed­

PAWNEE — An Ok­la­homa State Univer­sity stu­dent who was in­volved in a road­side fight Sun­day in Pawnee County said he hopes a video of the in­ci­dent leads to jus­tice.

Cam­den Rader, 21, was one of a group of OSU stu­dents who were rid­ing mo­tor­cy­cles through the county when the fight broke out. Rader said a man held a knife to his throat dur­ing the fight, threat­en­ing to cut him, while another man sav­agely beat and kicked Rader’s friend.

“I just want peo­ple to pay for their ac­tions,” Rader said. “Ev­ery­one thinks I’m try­ing to get some kind of fame or money out of this and ... I don’t care. I just want the truth to come out.”

Rader said he was rid­ing in the back of a group of nine other mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers when a pickup driver passed all of them and then swerved at one of the rid­ers and al­most ran another rider off of a ru­ral county road.

Rader said he sig­naled to one of the rid­ers who had a video cam­era mounted to the front of his mo­tor­cy­cle to turn the cam­era on as the in­ci­dent un­folded. The record­ing, which later was up­loaded to YouTube, shows one of the mo­tor­cy­clists driv­ing in the left lane, point­ing at the pickup driver at his side in the right lane. Then, another pickup pulls up. A man in the sec­ond pickup fired two rounds from a shot­gun into the air, Rader said. A third pickup was also at the scene, he said.

In the video, a man con­fronts one of the rid­ers, throw­ing him to the ground and kick­ing and punch­ing him. At the same time, a man iden­ti­fied as Paul Arnold Wise­ley, 60, pulls out a knife and shouts, “I am the real deal!” He pulls up his shirt to show a tat­too. Another man ap­proaches with a shot­gun as the mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers stand nearby. As Wise­ley gets in his pickup to leave the scene he is heard say­ing to the mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers, “En­joy your­self. I’ll pray for ev­ery­body.”

Wise­ley was ar­rested on a com­plaint of as­sault with a deadly weapon and has been re­leased from the Pawnee County jail on $100,000 bail. The man who is seen beat­ing the rider re­port­edly also was ar­rested, but author­i­ties haven’t re­leased his name.

The rider who was beaten suf­fered bruises but was not hos­pi­tal­ized, Rader said. That rider does not want his name re­leased, he said.

Rader, who is study­ing me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing and tech­nol­ogy at OSU, said he wanted to help his friend, but Wise­ley ap­proached him with a knife, held it to his throat and threat­ened to cut him.

“I was just back­ing up and I said, ‘Let us leave! Let us leave! I’ll get to my bike and you’ll never see us again,’” Rader said. “I wanted to help my friend but I couldn’t. I had a knife on me and a loaded shot­gun and I just hoped it would be over fast.”

Rader said he did not call author­i­ties on the day of the fight to re­port any of it. In­stead, about mid­night Mon­day, he got an­gry and posted the video on his own Face­book page.

Then he took it down, but another friend had al­ready posted it on YouTube. On Tues­day, he was con­tacted by of­fi­cers from the Ok­la­homa City Po­lice Department and the Ok­la­homa Highway Pa­trol who had seen the video, and they told him to make a re­port to the Pawnee County Sher­iff’s Department.

“I was scared,” Rader said. “(Wise­ley) told me he was Hell’s An­gels.”

Kyle Alder­son, Pawnee County as­sis­tant district at­tor­ney, said he has re­viewed a video of the at­tack. Alder­son said Pawnee County sher­iff’s in­ves­ti­ga­tors have not com­pleted their re­ports on the in­ci­dent, but he ex­pects a num­ber of charges to be filed.

“Ob­vi­ously, the con­tent of the video de­picts sev­eral dif­fer­ent crimes by a num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als, Alder­son said. “When we re­ceive all the nec­es­sary ev­i­dence, we will file the ap­pro­pri­ate charges.”

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