ST. GEORGE – An Apple Valley man was arrested Thursday in connection with an assault and robbery at Firehouse Park reported earlier that day.
At approximately 1 p.m., Thursday, the St. George Communications Center received a call of an assault around the 1900 West block of 1600 North, St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said in statement. Officers responded to the scene but were unable to locate anyone involved in the incident.
By around 3 p.m., the dispatch center received another 911 call from a victim who stated he had been assaulted near the Firehouse Park at 1800 North Dixie Downs Road. Officers met with the victim and determined he had been involved in the alleged assault reported two hours earlier to dispatch.
The victim in this case reported being allegedly assaulted by a Michael Kenneth Wintch, 35, of Apple Valley. The victim claims Wintch brandished a knife during the assault.
Wintch is alleged to have taken the victim’s cell phone during the incident. The victim was not seriously injured as a result of this assault.
Despain said the victim and the suspect in this case are acquainted.
St George Police Detectives made contact with Wintch and questioned him regarding the alleged assault. Following the questing he was arrested and taken to Purgatory Correctional Facility.
Wintch has been charged with first-degree felony aggravated robbery, third-degree felony aggravated and a class A misdemeanor weapons offense. Wintch made his first appearance in court on Friday.
Ed. Note: 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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