Ponca City man arrested after using racial slurs

July 22, 2020 | Courts|Featured

NEWKIRK — A Ponca City man is free on $5,000 bond today after being arrested on a misdemeanor charge of outraging public decency.

William Leonard Welch, 58, was charged and arrested following an incident reported at Casey’s General Store. Ponca City police report that on July 14 officers responded to the location for a report of a belligerent customer.

William Leonard Welch

Sgt. Dana Fisher reports he made contact with store manager Stacy Orange who stated a customer became belligerent after being told he could not bring a refill cup into the store.

The customer later identified as Welch, reportedly called Orange an uncomplimentary word, a bitch and a racial slur. Orange told police that he also flipped her off as she told him to leave and not come back.

Orange called 911 and went outside to try and get a tag number. While in the parking lot, Welch allegedly looked at Orange and stated, “You ought to hang like the rest of the {racial slurs.}”

Orange said he got into a Welch Masonry truck and left. Police obtained video footage of the incident. The charge was filed in Kay County District Court on July 15.

According to jail booking records, Welch was arrested by Ponca City police officer Tristan Fitzsimmons on July 21 and later released on $5,000 bond. An initial appearance in the case is set for July 31.

See KFOR-TV report on this story here.