Butt grab spurs 4 assaults, 1 transport to hospital, 1 arrest

ST. GEORGE – The Monster Massive Halloween concert held at the Dixie Center Saturday night went awry for at least five concert goers after at least four people were assaulted, one person was transported to the hospital and one man was arrested.

Geoffrey Duane Vaughns, of Covina, California, booking photo posted Oct. 31, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News
Geoffrey Duane Vaughns, of Covina, California, booking photo posted Oct. 31, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News

The concert was underway when 23-year-old Geoffrey Duane Vaughns allegedly grabbed the buttocks of a woman attending the concert, according to a probable cause statement written by St. George Police Sgt. Spencer Holmes in support of the arrest.

Things went from bad to worse when the woman’s husband confronted Vaughns about the inappropriate grab, the statement said, at which point, the woman’s husband was assaulted by Vaughns and punched in the face.

“A friend of Geoffrey … stepped in and was hit in the face with enough force to knock him unconscious and he collapsed to the cement floor and hit his head on the ground,” Holmes wrote in the statement. “(The man) had blood on his lip and blood coming from the back of his head.”

The injured man was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George in serious condition.

Another woman who witnessed the altercation was also struck in the head, the statement said. All of the alleged victims as well as independent witnesses identified Vaughns as the person responsible for each of the assaults.

Vaughns was detained as he was leaving the altercation.

He denied hitting anyone but changed his story several times saying he did know who assaulted the individuals but didn’t want to tell who it was, according to the statement of probable cause. He said he was present at the time the altercation occurred but was not directly involved.

Vaughns was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

He was charged with third-degree felony aggravated assault, a class A misdemeanor for sexual battery, and two class B misdemeanors for assault.

Judge John J. Walton, of the 5th District Court, ordered $5,000 bail for Vaughns’ release pending trial.

He was found indigent by the court during his initial court appearance Monday and will be represented by court-appointed attorney Aric Cramer. He is scheduled to make his next court appearance Nov. 9.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

Email: kscott@stgnews.com

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11 Comments

  • Real Life November 3, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Too bad the idiot butt grabber didn’t get knocked out.

  • fun bag November 3, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    “thug life”

    • RealMcCoy November 4, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      I think the proper term here is “diversity life”…. and it’s just going to get more common.

  • fun bag November 3, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    and using the term “butt grab” in the title… LOL’d

  • .... November 3, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Wow..St George news used the term “Butt Grab ” I’m flabbergasted that is even allowed on St George news with all the editing the comment section gets. I’m shocked the title didn’t show as ” unwelcomed rear end contact creates disturbance “

  • mesaman November 3, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Indigent? Try stupid.

  • Toniann November 3, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    The person that was seriously injured was not the assultants friend it was a friend of the husband whose wife Ass was grabbed …*. my son is the husband.. …* is a good man that was defending my son and his wife and was Seriously injured a TRUE FRIEND.
    Ed. ellipses: …* (name omitted)

  • Accountable November 4, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    When will liberals and society at large stop making excuses for the status quo of criminality embedded in the black race?

    • fun bag November 4, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      probably when the “conservatives” deport all the illegals…

  • .... November 4, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Unwelcomed rear end contract creates disturbance !

  • nicholas42 November 6, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I don’t know why people do stuff like this it’s like they didn’t grow up touching someone butt I hope it was Worth it

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