OK: LeFlore dismemberment investigation; 2 men arrested

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**GRAPHIC CONTENT**

UPDATE: New details emerge in the case against a pair recently arrested for performing surgery on another man.

One of the men is now accused of cannibalism.

This story includes graphic details.

Last week, Bobby Allen and Thomas Gates were arrested on several charges including medical battery and aggravated maiming.

They’re accused of surgically removing a man’s genitals.

The 28-year-old victim told police he traveled to Oklahoma from Virginia to willingly participate in the dismemberment.

He had reportedly found Allen to do the surgery through an online search about castrations.

Right after his surgery,the victim said allen told him “he was going to consume the parts, laughed, and said he was a cannibal.”

The following day the 28-year-old was taken to the hospital after he continued to bleed and kept passing out.

During a search of the pair’s home, officers found multiple recordings of “this type of surgery” and numerous medications.

The victim is still hospitalized and police are investigating if there are other victims.

LEFLORE COUNTY, Okla. (KNWA/KFTA) — Two LeFlore County men were arrested on numerous charges including desecration of a human member and outraging public decency with gross injury, according to LeFlore County Sheriff Rodney Derryberry.

Bobby Lee Allen, 53, and Thomas Evans Gates, 42, both from Wister, Oklahoma were arrested for:

  • Medical battery
  • Aggravated maiming
  • Assault/Battery with a dangerous weapon resulting in bodily injury
  • Conspiracy
  • Desecration of a human member
  • Outraging public decency with gross injury
  • Possession of controlled/dangerous substance.

Sheriff Derryberry said on the afternoon of October 14, a person was dropped off at the McAlester Hospital who had a crude surgical procedure done. “Evidently it was not done by professionals,” said Derryberry.

The following day, the hospital called the sheriff and gave him the names of two suspects and an address.

On the same day, around 6 p.m., law enforcement went to the 21-acre mountainous property prepared to serve search warrants, but both suspects had left to go to the hospital to check on the victim.

McAlester police detained the men and said they found evidence of criminal activity and drugs.

Sheriff Derryberry confirmed, “a man’s penis was cut off, and the victim was a willing participant in the dismemberment.”

Gates also has pending charges, including negligent homicide, out of Pushmataha County, located in southeast Oklahoma.

Both men are in the LeFlore County Detention Center and held on a $295,000 bond.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) is helping in the investigation with electronic data from hard drives that need to be sent to forensics.

It’s possible the hard drives recovered from the crime scene could show there are more victims, according to the Sheriff.

For now, the victim will not be charged with any crime, according to Sheriff Derryberry.

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