'Star Wars' vs. 'Star Trek' argument ends in assault, arrest

Oklahoma City Police arrested a man for assault after he choked the victim.

ByABC News
July 7, 2017, 12:15 PM

— -- It's been a question for decades -- what is better, "Star Wars" or "Star Trek"?

Though the debate may continue forever, two men in Oklahoma City allegedly took things far beyond a verbal dispute to a full-fledged altercation, which resulted in the arrest of 23-year-old Jerome Whyte.

Whyte was allegedly at home with his roommate when the two began to argue over which movie franchise was better, according to an official report from the Oklahoma City Police obtained by ABC News. The police report did not mention which side of the "Star Trek" vs. "Star Wars" debate each of the men argued.

The roommate went back to his bedroom, but said to Whyte, "You're just a trick," before doing so. Whyte then followed him to his room and pushed him to the ground, where the two tussled and Whyte eventually began choking him, according to the official police report filed on July 1 on behalf of the victim.

"At this point, the victim was fearing for his life and he reached for a pocket knife on his night stand," the report said.

Whyte, who allegedly fled the room after he was cut by the knife, according to the report, was later deemed the aggressor in the fight and booked on assault. He also had outstanding warrants, including for possession of marijuana.

Whyte remains in custody on a $4,000 bond and has a preliminary hearing set for July 27, according to the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office. At this point, police told ABC News, Whyte does not appear to have obtained an attorney or entered a plea; he may qualify for a public defender.

ABC News and Lucasfilm, which produces "Star Wars," are both owned by Disney.