Assault at Cassville motel leads to multiple felony charges

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Man allegedly stole cash, assaulted witness in felony case

A Cassville man is facing three felony charges after allegedly assaulting a witness in another felony case and stealing money from the victim’s wallet.

Justin Guilkey, 36, of Cassville, is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and tampering with a witness in a felony prosecution.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Officer Jonathan Cherney, with the Cassville Police Department, Guilkey and the victim were in a room at a Cassville motel at about 4 a.m. on April 3, along with two other people, one of whom is the defendant in a separate felony drug case.

The victim alleges Guilkey showed him a copy of the witness statement in the separate case, asking him to write his name on a piece of paper to compare the signatures.

When the victim bent over to sign his name, Guilkey allegedly began striking him in the back of the head with a metal flashlight and said, “I don’t like [expletive] snitches.” Guilkey then allegedly took $450 from the victim’s wallet, which he had taken from the bank about four hours earlier.

The victim was transported by his girlfriend to Mercy Hospital in Cassville, where he received five staples in his scalp to close one of the wounds caused by Guilkey’s alleged assault and robbery. The girlfriend said she later received a call from Guilkey, during which he “told her he was sorry that he had to do that to [the victim].”

Cherney later spoke with the witness of the assault and defendant in the separate drug case. The witness said her back was turned when the victim was signing his name on the paper, but she heard a loud thumping noise and the victim yelling out. She said she saw Guilkey allegedly strike the victim two more times with a metal flashlight, and when they left the room, she asked Guilkey why he assaulted the victim, and Guilkey allegedly said, “Because he’s a snitch.”

Guilkey is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $30,000. He has been arraigned, and a disposition hearing is scheduled for June 6 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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