Ronald Eugene Harrison Jr. was formally charged Thursday with a felony count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for attacking a jogger on the George Goetzinger Walking Trail last Saturday.
Harrison's initial court appearance was Thursday morning in Woodward County District Court where an original bail of $500,000 was also made official by District Judge Dean Linder.
An attorney was not listed for Harrison, who is scheduled to be back in court on Nov. 24 at 10 a.m. for a status hearing. An attorney with the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System is expected to be appointed by that time.
The count carries the possibility of up to a 10-year prison sentence
Harrison, 19, is accused of coming up from behind a woman and hitting her on the side of the head causing her to fall to the ground. After falling the victim was able to call her husband who called 9-1-1 to report the incident.
An officer encountered Harrison a little later near the senior center, but a description of a suspect was not available at time, so he wasn't detained, according to the affidavit filed with the charges. At that time, Harrison told the officer he had not been on the trails that morning.
Later at the emergency room the victim was able to give the police a description of what her attacker was wearing.
Officers were then able to bring Harrison in for an interview where he "confessed to striking the victim with a tree branch on the walking trails," said Woodward Police Det. Patrick Gandara in the affidavit.
Harrison allegedly told officers he had been fired from his job that morning and as he walked back through the walking trails he saw a lady running on the trails toward the senior citizens center.
According to the affidavit, Harrison said he found a tree branch on the ground, ran up behind the lady and used it to strike her on the head. Harrison then got scared and ran away from the scene.
According to the affidavit, Harrison said he did not know the lady and did not know why he hit her.
The woman's injuries included bruising and tearing to her left ear, facial fractures and bruising from the blow, and a bruised shoulder and fractured pelvis from the fall, according to the affidavit.
The assault happened around 8 a.m. and since it occurred on federal property both the police department and FBI were involved in the investigation.
Harrison is currently in the Woodward County Jail where he has been since the arrest last Saturday.
The case number is CF-2014-346.