A 38-year-old Watford City woman is facing a felony charge after police said she threatened her ex-husband over a pickup truck.

Shayla Francisco Sookdeo was charged Wednesday, June 5, with terrorizing, a class C felony, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a class A felony. She was ordered held Wednesday on $5,000 bond.

The Watford City police were called to the McKenzie County Courthouse around 11:30 a.m. on Monday for a dispute over a 2018 Ram 3500 pickup truck, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Northwest District Court. A McKenzie County Sheriff’s deputy told officers that Shayla Sookdeo and Larry Sookdeo had been in a divorce hearing where a judge ruled the pair had never been legally married.

The two were fighting over who owned the pickup, court records indicate. Shayla Sookdeo claimed it had been bought for her to use and Larry Sookdeo claimed the truck was bought by him for his business, and that Shayla Sookdeo was no longer affiliated with the company.

Police officers consulted with the McKenzie County State’s Attorney’s Office and eventually told the two that Shayla Sookdeo should give the pickup to Larry Sookdeo and pursue ownership of the vehicle with a civil lawsuit. She refused to give up the truck and police told her if she was caught driving it, she would be charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, charging documents state.

About an hour later, an officer saw Shayla Sookdeo driving the pickup and pulled her over, an investigator wrote in the probable cause affidavit. Larry Sookdeo and another man were there and said they had been trying to take the truck back when Shayla Sookdeo drove away.

Larry Sookdeo and the other man told police that before officers arrived, Shayla Sookdeo had threatened to shoot Larry Sookdeo, court documents state. Another witness to the event, a co-worker of Shayla Sookdeo, gave a written statement that contradicted that account, however. She wrote that Shayla Sookdeo had not threatened to shoot Larry Sookdeo.

Shayla Sookdeo has a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 27.


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