ES man arrested, accused of attacking local street musician

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Kenny Doke

By Scott Loftis

A Eureka Springs man was arrested on multiple charges Saturday including aggravated robbery and second-degree battery stemming from an alleged attack on a local street magician.

Kenny Alan Doke, 44, was arrested outside the Carroll House Apartments on Pivot Rock Road.

He is accused of attacking and robbing Zamarath “Zam” Thoth at the apartment complex on the afternoon of Oct. 24.

According to an affidavit written by detective Josh Jackson of the Eureka Springs Police Department, Thoth told Jackson that on Oct. 22, Doke accused him of stealing methamphetamine, which Thoth denied. Thoth said that on Oct. 24, “he was woken up to Kenny beating on him.”

“Zam stated Kenny was yelling and screaming at him while he was getting hit,” the affidavit says. “Zam stated he was hit in the head (four) separate times by Kenny. Zam stated Kenny did not use any type of weapon to hit him.”

The tenant in the apartment where the alleged attack occurred told Jackson that during the incident, Doke told Thoth: “I’m gonna teach ya respect not to steal from me.”

The tenant said after the alleged attack was over, she asked Doke what he had done to Thoth and he replied “I kneed him.” The tenant ordered Doke to leave the apartment and he said: “You don’t wanna call the police on me.”

Thoth was taken to a hospital in Springfield for treatment. According to Jackson’s affidavit, discharge paperwork indicated that Thoth suffered a closed fracture of the left orbit, a closed fracture of the maxillary sinus and a closed fracture of the left zygomatic arch and also was missing multiple teeth.

Thoth told Jackson that Doke stole several items from him, including cash, magic coins and a black top hat with four stars on the front.

A warrant for Doke’s arrest on felony charges of aggravated robbery, second-degree battery and breaking or entering, as well as a misdemeanor charge of theft of property, was issued on Oct. 28.

On Saturday, Nov. 2, Eureka Springs police were notified that Doke had been seen working on a vehicle in the parking lot of the apartment complex. As officers approached, a caller told Carroll County dispatchers that Doke ran behind the apartment complex. He was arrested there by Eureka Springs officers, who reported finding a case with a clear crystal-like substance as well as three pipes with residue inside, according to a probable-cause affidavit written by ESPD officer Allen Mize.

Doke was booked into the Carroll County Detention Center on Sunday, Nov. 3. In addition to the charges listed in the original arrest warrant, he was booked on probable cause for possession of a controlled substance and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Doke appeared Monday before Carroll County District Judge Dale Ramsey, who set bond at $150,000 and ordered Doke to appear at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in Carroll County District Court in Berryville. Ramsey also ordered Doke to have no contact with Thoth and appointed a public defender to represent Doke.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Doke remained in custody at the county jail.

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  • ES man arrested, accused of attacking local street musician

    The above was the headline. Yet the first paragraph calls the victim a local street magician. Most know him as the little fellow who makes animal balloons for kids in Basin Park. Doctors will understand the technical terms used to describe Zam's injuries. But, hopefully, the jury is allowed to see a photo of the victim's face taken shortly after he was beaten by the big guy whose fists were his weapon of choice.

    -- Posted by JudyJean on Fri, Nov 8, 2019, at 3:21 AM
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