Authorities responding to a call for help from an Ada hotel Thursday night had no idea they would end up in an altercation with an erratic man in the lobby of a movie theater just across the street.

According to records provided by Ada police, the incident began when Ada resident, Jesse Roy Euper, 25, allegedly leapt over the front desk at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites on Lonnie Abbott Boulevard and demanded a desk clerk’s cell phone. The clerk told police Euper had been in the hotel lobby for some time behaving erratically — at times, asking her to dial 911 and then saying “No!” before leaping over the front desk and demanding her cell phone. When the clerk refused to hand over her phone, Euper allegedly snatched it out of the clerk’s hands. The clerk told police Euper became increasingly agitated once behind the counter and seemed to be trying to use the hotel phones.

Records indicate several guests in the hotel lobby came to the clerk’s aid, demanding Euper return her phone. When Euper failed to return the clerk’s phone, the guests called the police. According to police reports, when Euper realized the police had been called, he shouted “No!” and ran out the back door of the hotel office.

As police arrived at the hotel and began their search for Euper, Central Dispatch received a call regarding a “frantic woman” in the lobby of the Cinemark movie theater across the street. An Ada police sergeant responding to that call discovered the subject causing the alleged disturbance was Euper. Records indicate when the sergeant attempted to detain Euper, a struggle began, during which Euper allegedly clawed and scratched the sergeant on the face and neck, and, after a brief struggle, screamed an expletive and punched the sergeant in the face.

Records indicate additional officers responded to help the sergeant. Euper was detained by a Chickasaw Lighthorse Police officer using a taser gun and transported to the Pontotoc County Justice Center.

Ada police reviewed surveillance video of the incident from the hotel and the movie theater and forwarded requests for copies of both be sent to the district attorney’s office for further review.

Euper faces charges of assault and battery on a police officer and robbery by force or fear.


Contact Carl Lewis at 580-310-7520, or by email at clewis@theadanews.com

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