Category: assault

Police: Woman beat parents with mother’s own cane, oxygen tanks

MIDVALE, Utah — A woman was arrested in Midvale on Saturday for abusing and assaulting her parents, police say.

Anne Cockrell, 42, was arrested on two accounts of aggravated abuse of an elder and two accounts of aggravated assault, according to the probable cause statement.

A Salt Lake County Sheriff’s officer responded to a domestic call at a hotel in Midvale. Cockrell was away from the scene when the officer arrived.

According to the statement, Cockrell “went crazy on her mother and started beating and hitting her” inside the hotel where her parents stay.  Cockrell hit her mother with her own cane and oxygen tanks.

Cockrell’s father entered the room to break up the fight. She then began hitting him with her hands, cane and oxygen tanks.

Then she poured laundry detergent on both of her parents while telling them she wanted to kill them, the probable cause statement reports.

The report says her father had lacerations and bruising on his arms. It did not mention her mother’s condition. Both victims are over the age of 65.

Cockrell is being held in Salt Lake County Jail.

Employee at treatment center in southern Utah facing felony child abuse charge

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah — An employee at a residential treatment center for boys in southern Utah was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of child abuse.

A statement of probable cause indicates the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Liahona Treatment Center in Hurricane after a physical altercation.

The center describes itself on its website as a residential treatment enter for troubled boys.

Police reviewed surveillance footage, which they said shows Antonio Montav Ross-Jones, 23, throwing a 16-year-old student to the ground on two separate instances while holding the boy in a “choke hold style restraint.”

The man also told police he “slammed” the boy against the counter top.

The boy hit his head on the tile during the assault and suffered a head injury that required 11 staples to close.

The treatment center told police the man’s actions were not in keeping with the training they provide staff.

The man told police he knew he could have asked for help restraining the teen and did not do so.

Ross-Jones was booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility, where he faces one count of child abuse as a second-degree felony.

Kentucky man accused of fracturing 8-year-old’s skull with shovel, raping her

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky man was arrested Saturday after allegedly using a shovel to attack an 8-year-old girl, who police say he raped and robbed Friday.

Cane L. Madden, 29, was previously ruled mentally incompetent by a judge in February who dismissed charges that he bit off part of a woman’s face and sexually assaulted her in 2017, the Associated Press reports.

He was reportedly arrested on charges of first-degree rape, assault and robbery.

Officers responded Friday to a report saying a girl was beaten and had her iPad stolen. She was found with injuries indicating sexual assault and a fractured skull, a Louisville police arrest citation says.

Madden was questioned nearby and told detectives details about the assault that were deemed “intimate,” the citation says.

Utah man charged with attempted murder, assault in domestic violence case

BEAVER COUNTY, Utah — A man is charged with attempted murder and assault in connection with a domestic violence incident that police said occurred in Milford last month.

Christopher James Pierce, 21, was charged August 8 with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and damage or interruption of a communication device–all three of which carry enhancements for domestic violence.

The incident occurred in Milford, which is a small town located west of Beaver.

A woman contacted police earlier this month about the assault, which she said occurred in late July. She said her estranged husband was at her home and acting “paranoid” and accusing her of infidelity.

She worried he was on drugs and said she would call the police. She said Pierce reacted by taking her phone and pushing her against a wall.

She said the man then began to strangle her with both hands and she blacked out briefly, regaining consciousness on the floor with the man on top of her. He continued to strangle her and at one point began smothering her face with a dog pillow, cutting off her air.

At one point she reported seeing “a change” in the man’s face and said he stopped the attack, promised not to hurt her and asked her not to call police. While police were called, the woman did not immediately disclose the details of the attack because she was worried doing so would send the man to jail instead of drug rehab, charging documents state.

The woman documented her injuries with photographs. She contacted investigators and provided those photos after an acquaintance sent her a screen shot “of Christopher’s concerning throwing [victim] into a mine shaft. [Victim] told me that she was scared of Christopher and that she felt he could hurt her or himself.”

Support is available 24/7 in Utah for those dealing with domestic or intimate partner violence.Visit the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition online or call 1-800-897-5465 for resources and assistance. In an emergency, dial 

West Jordan Police ask for help identifying man accused of groping victim at Walmart

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WEST JORDAN, Utah — Police in West Jordan need your help locating a man accused of groping someone at a Walmart.

West Jordan Police said the incident occurred July 24 around 9 p.m. at a Walmart located at Jordan Landing, 7671 South and 3800 West in West Jordan.

The victim told police she was by herself in an aisle and facing away from the man when he grabbed her buttocks and then immediately fled the store.

The victim reported the incident to a police officer already working at the store, but that officer was unable to locate the man.

Police posted several surveillance photos of the man and the vehicle he left in, a red or maroon Chrysler PT Cruiser.

Anyone who recognizes the man is asked to call Det. J. Smith at 801-256-2241 and reference case # 19H010959.

Transgender woman attacked in April found dead on Dallas street

By Sheena Jones and Susannah Cullinane, CNN

A transgender woman whose April assault made national news was found dead on a Dallas, Texas, street Saturday morning, police said.

Police responded to a report of a shooting in the 7200 block of Valley Glen Drive at around 6:40 a.m. Saturday, Dallas Police Major Vincent Weddington said.

“Upon arrival, officers found the complainant lying face down in the street — deceased from homicidal violence,” Weddington said during a news conference on Sunday.

The woman was not carrying identification but the medical examiner positively identified her as Muhlaysia Booker on Sunday afternoon, he told reporters.

In a separate April incident, Booker was assaulted by several males in the parking lot of a Dallas apartment complex, after what police said was a minor traffic accident.

Victim attacked in separate assault in April

One man, Edward Thomas, was arrested and faces charges over the April 12 assault, but Weddington said Thomas had not been linked to Booker’s death.

“There is nothing at this time to connect Mr. Edward Thomas and the offense that occurred yesterday,” he said. Police are unaware of Thomas’ current whereabouts.

Police are still trying to identify others who participated in the April attack, which was captured on video, Weddington said. The suspects were reported to have used homophobic slurs and the assault was flagged as a hate crime.

On Sunday, Weddington encouraged members of the public with information on either case “to come forward with information to bring closure to both these offenses.”

Newly released video shows deadly Clearfield gas station fight

CLEARFIELD, Utah — Newly released video and audio gives a clearer idea of what happened the moments before and after a customer was punched during a confrontation at a Clearfield gas station, later passing away.

The surveillance video, 911 calls and police body camera audio outline the early April incident, involving Brandon Stufflebean.

In the video, the man police identified as Stufflebean walks into the Chevron in Clearfield, and can be seen talking to the manager behind the counter while holding a drink.

According to body camera audio, the owner of the gas station told an officer, “He started arguing with my manager about getting a free drink. So I came out, and he and I started yelling at each other, and arguing.”

At one point, Stufflebean is seen pointing at the manager. He walks to the back of the convenience store, followed by the owner. A second inside surveillance camera shows the two in the back of the store, before they return up front.

Stufflebean is seen extending his arms out at times, and at one point appears to throw cash on the counter toward the manager. The manager makes change, and gives it back to Stufflebean.

He grabs the drink and begins to talk toward the door.

“And as he was walking out, he threw his cup on the ground,” the Chevron owner recounted to the officer. “So, I came out to video his license plate.”

As the owner walks toward a vehicle at a gas pump, Stufflebean is seen on the outside surveillance camera walking toward the gas station owner.

The owner begins to walk past Stufflebean, who bumps into the owner. The owner throws a punch, knocking Stufflebean to the ground.

“As I was walking over, he walked over like he was going to hit me and I hit him,” the owner recounted to an officer, as the officer gave CPR to Stufflebean. “I punched him once.”

“Where did you hit him?” The officer asks, while he’s heard giving Stufflebean chest compressions.

“Right in the face,” the owner replies. “He was right up in my space.”

The owner called 911, and is seen on surveillance pulling out his phone while checking on Stufflebean.

“I just hit a guy that was trying to mess with me, and he’s out cold,” the owner tells dispatch.

“You punched him?” The dispatcher asks.

“Yeah, he’s out cold. We need somebody here,” he says. Then talking to Stufflebean, the owner says, “Wake up, man.”

“Did you punch him? Or what happened?” The dispatcher asks again.

“Yeah, I punched him,” the owner answers. “He came at me, though.”

The gas station manager behind the counter also called 911 from inside at the same time.

“He was making a ruckus inside the store, threw his soda pop on the ground, a bunch of other stuff,” the manager tells dispatch, about Stufflebean. “And he was threatening my owner and then– my owner did not throw the first swing. He threw one swing is all, and there’s an eyewitness that can attest to this.”

Stufflebean later died, in what would become the first of two recent incidents involving a person passing away following a confrontation with employees at a business.

The second incident ended in the death of Mischa Ryan Cox, who was accused of stealing from an Ace Hardware in Salt Lake City last week.

Police said he died after a struggle and being tackled in the parking lot.

Ace Hardware said in a statement Wednesday that the man threatened employees and bystanders with a pry bar.

“The bystanders involved decided to detain the individual until law enforcement officers arrived on the scene,” the statement said.

Salt Lake City Police said according to the law, business owners and employees can use what force they believe necessary to defend themselves in certain situations.

“Every situation’s unique,” Detective Michael Ruff said. “If somebody does feel that they’re in fear of being harmed physically, they can use force to defend themselves like any citizen can.”

He said they often see cases where a store’s loss prevention team detains a shoplifter before calling police.

If there is a theft occurring, they can detain that person if they feel they need to do that,” he said.

While the Ace Hardware case is still under investigation by Unified Police per officer involved critical incident protocol, the case in Clearfield has ended with no charges for the owner of the gas station.

The Davis County Attorney’s Office said they decided not to screen charges in Stufflebean’s death, but declined to explain why.

Salt Lake man raped and critically injured another, police say

SALT LAKE CITY — Police have arrested a man who they say assaulted another man Tuesday night, leaving him critically injured.

Mugshot: Anthony Chavez

Anthony Ray Chavez, 40, was booked into jail and faces aggravated assault and object rape charges.

Salt Lake City Police were called to Sunrise Metro apartments near 600 South and 500 West around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, where they found the male victim lying on the floor critically injured — bleeding profusely and with multiple injuries, including to his head.

Police said there was a trail of blood leading to Chavez’s apartment.

“…They found our victim covered in blood—blood all over the apartment,” said Lt. Dave Cracroft with Salt Lake City Police. “He had been beaten severely. That man was transported up to University Hospital. He is in very critical condition; he’s in really rough shape.”

Chavez later told police he and the other man had been in an altercation, according to the police report.

The Sunrise Metro apartments are subsidized housing for those who were previously homeless.

Police: Utah man booked for child abuse, domestic violence after theft of pain pill leads to assault

PAYSON, Utah — A man has been booked on charges of child abuse and domestic violence for an assault police said occurred after the man stole and snorted a pain pill prescribed to his stepson.

Kenneth Monroe Allbee, 35 of Payson, was booked on three counts of domestic violence in the presence of child, two counts of child abuse and one count each of assault and criminal mischief.

Police responded to the man’s home Monday on report of an assault. After speaking with Allbee and family members police determined an argument had broken out over a prescription pain pill.

When Allbee was confronted about stealing the pill from a stepson, witnesses said he stole his wife’s keys and bank cards and tried to leave. The woman told police that in the past Allbee had taken her cards and spent all her money, preventing her from providing for her children. She also said she was worried he might harm someone while driving under the influence.

The woman and her children attempted to stop him from leaving with those items, and a PC statement indicates Allbee assaulted two teen girls while trying to leave, and also attacked their 16-year-old brother when he tried to defend his sisters.

The siblings and their mother were able to recover the cards and keys, and the mother and son suffered minor injuries during the altercation.

The woman told police Allbee is her sole means of support and that she would like to leave him but doesn’t have the resources to do so. She also said he took control of her finances, including child support and disability payments. Police contacted a victim’s advocate to respond and assist the woman.

Support is available 24/7 in Utah for those dealing with domestic violence. Visit the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition online or call 1-800-897-5465 for resources and assistance. In an emergency, dial 911.

Police say Provo man booked for attempted murder choked girlfriend, threw her down stairs

PROVO, Utah — A Provo man has been booked on charges of assault, kidnapping and attempted murder—all with enhancements for domestic violence.

Booking records indicate Luke John Battiloro was arrested for an incident at a home in Provo on Monday.

Police state the man’s girlfriend had sent a relative a text and photos  thsat indicated her boyfriend had thrown her down the stairs and otherwise abused her.

The woman also told the relative Battiloro would not let her leave her room.

Officers responded to the home and observed a juvenile female inside, but later learned her father, Battiloro, had ordered her not to answer the door.

Police ultimately entered the residence and the victim was found to have numerous injuries. She told police the man had gotten angry with her and thrown her against a wall, putting two large holes in the sheet rock.

She said he also choked her and then threw her down the stairs leading to the basement. The woman said she lost consciousness during the attack.

At one point police had contacted the victim by phone, but she lied to officers about her location as the suspect sat next to her and ordered her to do so. The woman also told police the man had faked a heart attack and used other means of manipulation to control her behavior.

Battiloro was booked into jail on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and criminal mischief. All four charges carry enhancements for domestic violence.

Support is available 24/7 in Utah for those dealing with domestic violence. Visit the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition online or call 1-800-897-5465 for resources and assistance. In an emergency, dial 911.