ST. GEORGE – A St. George woman was charged with assault resulting in serious bodily injury Sunday after a physical altercation with another woman led to the woman going to the hospital with head injuries and a concussion.
The 19-year-old alleged victim went to the police station Sunday and reported that she had been physically assaulted by one of her friends five days earlier.
She explained she had been drinking with her friends at a residence in the area of 1700 West 1100 North in St. George where “everyone was partying,” according to a probable cause statement filed by the St. George Police Department in support of the arrest.
The woman told police that 20-year-old Ximena Black “walked up behind her, grabbed her hair, pulled her back and then pushed her head forward into the pavement of the driveway,” the report stated.
At that point, the alleged victim said she blacked out or went unconscious. When she woke up, Black was on top of her with her arms pinned on the pavement above her head, according to the statement. The woman said she remembered a male then pushing Black off her.
The 19-year-old went to the hospital the following day because she wasn’t feeling well.
“She explained that she wasn’t going to report the incident and wanted to just be tough about the whole thing,” the arresting officer wrote. “When she started to feel different, she went to the hospital to get looked at.”
While at the hospital, the report stated, the doctor told her she had received a concussion and whiplash. Police reviewed the doctor’s paperwork and confirmed the diagnosis.
Police also interviewed the 19-year-old man who allegedly pushed Black off the woman. According to the statement, the man confirmed that when he went outside and saw Black on top of the woman, that he ran over and pushed Black off of her.
Black was arrested Sunday and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on a class A misdemeanor charge of assault with substantial bodily injury.
She has since been released on $1,950 bail.
Black’s court arraignment is scheduled for Thursday afternoon in 5th District Court.
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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