ST. GEORGE – A 19-year-old St. George man was arrested Thursday after damaging his stepfather’s motorcycle in a fit of self-described rage. The incident was reportedly triggered when the stepfather turned of the younger man’s Xbox.
St. George Police Officer David McDaniel was dispatched to a domestic violence incident at a home on 1100 North after the stepfather of 19-year-old Alec Young called police, according to a probable cause statement written by the officer.
The stepfather said he had returned home and found his stepson, Young, playing video games on his Xbox. He asked Young to stop and turn off the TV, and gave him a couple of minutes to do so while he went outside to get the mail. When he returned and found Young still playing on the Xbox, he turned the video game console off himself. This action evidently didn’t set well with Young.
Young started screaming at his stepfather and threw two remotes at him, breaking the remotes in the process, according to the report. The stepfather retreated across the street and called the police. At this time Young also went outside and started attacking his stepfather’s 2009 Custom Harley Davidson FLF motorcycle with a knife. The motorcycle was valued at $40,000, the report said.
“He punched and hit the bike repeatedly,” McDaniel wrote. “(He) then knocked it down and continued to to strike the motorcycle until he broke the knife blade off the handle.”
The assault on the motorcycle wasn’t finished as Young then got into his 2000 Nissan Maxima, backed out of the driveway, “then flooded his Maxima into the motorcycle, pushing it into the garage and all the way into the wall of the garage.”
“The motorcycle sustained damage everywhere,” McDaniel said in the report. “The front forks, fender, frame, and gas tank were all bent.”
Coupled with the damage to the garage and the two broken remotes, overall damages are estimated in excess of $25,000.
Young then fled the scene and went to a friend’s house in Ivins where he was contacted by police. After being told his Miranda rights, Young said he had “acted out” when he threw the remotes at his stepfather. He then went after the motorcycle “in rage.” When his hitting it didn’t cause enough damage to the motorcycle, he told police he got in his car and ran over the motorcycle on purpose.
“(Young) stated he had done everything on purpose,” MeDaniel said.
While being transported to Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility, Young told McDaniel he had missed the last two doses of anti-anxeity and anti-depression medication he is supposed to be taking.
“He felt the lack of medication assisted in his acting out today,” McDaniel said.
Young was charged with two class-B misdemeanors for domestic violence simple assault and leaving the scene of an accident. He was also charged with a second-degree felony for domestic violence criminal mischief. According to booking information, his bail stands at $13,110.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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