Smiley face tattoo, beating leads to two arrests
A smiley face tattoo and a man with blood on his hands were key pieces of evidence that led the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office (CPSO) to arrest two persons this week in a case that involved a savage beating of a man accused of child abuse.
James Don Mulvihill, 311 B.B. Beard Road, Monterey, age 59, was charged Tuesday with four counts of molestation of a juvenile.
The man charged with the beating -- Stanley Vernon Schickel, 44, 218 Bailey Circle, Ferriday – was charged Sunday with false imprisonment, attempted second-degree murder and a probation hold.
CPSO spokesman Vernon Stevens said this morning that officers began to unravel the bizarre case Sunday when they responded to a call to pick up a debit card in the possession of a person living on B.B. Beard Road. Upon arriving at the residence, officers observed a man – identified as Schickel -- emerge from the house with blood on his hands and clothes.
Inside the house, they found Mulvihill, bound to a chair with duct tape and severely beaten. Mulvihill was taken by ambulance to Riverland Medical Center as investigators began to question the suspect.
Stevens said investigators learned that the juvenile son of the woman Schickel was living with on B.B. Beard Road claimed that Mulvihill had molested him. As a piece of identifying evidence, the juvenile said Mulvihill had the tattoo of a smiley face on a private part of his anatomy.
That information led to a search warrant Tuesday in which officers confirmed the existence of the tattoo. Added to that, details gleaned from a forensic investigation led CPSO to book Mulvihill, who lived in a trailer behind the house in which he was beaten.
Schickel, charged with beating Mulvhill, was the subject of a five-hour manhunt in Concordia Parish in June 2013. In connection with that manhunt, Schickel was later sentenced to eight years to run concurrently on charges of simple arson and illegal possession of stolen things.
When arrested in Concordia in 2013, Schickel was wanted on a warrant from the La Paz County Sheriff's Office in Arizona for resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and failure to appear for misconduct with a weapon.
First Assistant District Attorney Ann Siddall said in 2013 that Schickel has a lengthy criminal record.
Stevens said Mulvihill, who was released from the hospital on Monday, also had a lengthy criminal record.
Both men were in court this morning for magistration. Judge Reeves presided. ..Source.. by Staff