Blood trail leads police to scene of failed burglary attempt

ST. GEORGE – A sketchy story and a trail of blood led police to what they said appeared to be a failed business burglary attempt in St. George Sunday evening.

The St. George Police Department received the initial call Sunday about 6 p.m., Sgt. Sam Despain said. The call came in as a report of a traffic accident after a man said he was hit by a car.

“We responded to the area of 200 North and about 100 East and made contact with an individual who had some large cuts on his arm,” Despain said.

Someone who lives in the area had approached the injured man, and that’s when police were called.

The man said his injuries were caused by being hit by a vehicle; however, after investigating the incident and listening to the man’s story, “things didn’t add up,” Despain said.

“We were able to follow a blood trail back to Steamroller Copies, where it looked like somebody had punched a hole in a large window,” Despain said.

Police believe the man used his hand or arm to break the window of Steamroller Copies, located at 67 E. St. George Blvd. and which is closed on Sundays, and then made up the story about being in an accident, Despain said.

“The injuries were severe enough on his arm that he had to be admitted to the hospital,” Despain said.

The man had extensive, serious injuries, he said. He has not yet been charged with a crime because he has been hospitalized.

“It’s more than likely that the man will be charged with criminal mischief and filing a false police report,” Despain said.

The man may be arrested and charged or else referred to the Washington County Attorney’s Office for charges. The case is still under active investigation, Despain said.

The man did not enter Steamroller Copies, Despain said.

The name of the suspect has not yet been released, as the incident is still under investigation.

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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