FREDERICK – The Tillman County Courthouse saw the usual hustle and bustle earlier this week including a Tuesday afternoon filled with Initial Appearances. The court room and hallways teemed with people accused of criminal activity, security personnel, attorneys, family members and friends. Then, one of the accused, decided to make a break for it.
Kouri Dawn Stevens, (also known as Kouri D. Flores) was standing in front of judge Brad Benson when suddenly, according to witnesses, Stevens bolted for the exit.
The call went out over the Frederick Police Radio to be on the look out for a female who fled the courthouse and was described as wearing black clothing and having “dyed black hair.”
Meanwhile, back at the courthouse, the warrant for Stevens’ arrest was being issued.
Stevens has a long list of criminal charges in Tillman County dating back to 2005. Nine felony and 11 misdemeanor charges, according to Court records. A few of the charges include: a Protective Order being ordered against her; Controlled Substance, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous/Deadly Weapon; Resisting Arrest and Bogus Check charges.
Stevens plead guilty to Arson in 2013 and received a six year suspended sentence from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
While on probation for this crime, and several other crimes including False Impersonation, Assault and Battery, and a crime involving Credit Cards, Stevens failed to make her monthly payment to the court on several occasions.
Warrants were issued for her arrest on each occasion. She made reparations with the court and was again released on probation. The latest arrest came on Nov. 5 at which time Stevens was released from the Tillman County Jail on her “Own Recognizance”, meaning she did not have the means to pay bail and the court trusted her to appear at her upcoming hearing on Nov. 10.
Stevens did appear in court earlier this week, but upon learning that her bond privileges had been revoked, she ran out of the courthouse and, as of press time, remained at large.
Reach Cheryl Orr at [email protected] or 580-379-0588.