ST. GEORGE – A St. George man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly assaulting another person with a baseball bat.
Gary Reed Edwards, 43, was arrested by the St. George Police Saturday night following an incident that took place in the area of 700 West Sunset Boulevard where some storage units are located, St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said.
Around 9 p.m., Edwards had a dispute with other individuals at the storage units over property. During the dispute, Edwards allegedly grabbed a baseball bat and attacked one of the people present. The person hit did not experience severe injuries, Despain said, although she was hit about the neck and shoulders.
According to the probable cause statement filed in connection with the arrest, the other parties involved in the altercation were two women who had been at Edward’s home Friday night until they left after he started “coming onto” them. One of the women told police Edwards repeatedly called and texted them concerning a missing phone and earphones.
At one of the storage units used by one of the women, Edwards drove up and got out of his vehicle yelling at the women. He allegedly shoved one of them, causing her to fall down. He also grabbed one of the women by the head and neck, the probable cause statement said. The woman hit him in the face before being dropped. One of the women started throwing items at him and his vehicle while the other was trying to call police.
At some point during the altercation Edwards had returned to his car.
One of the women then swung a wooden two-by-four at Edwards’ car and broke out a passenger-side window. At this point Edwards is said to have gotten out of the car with what was described as a metallic baseball bat. The probable cause statement reports that Edwards went after the woman who had broken the window, swinging the bat at her. After reportedly hitting her with the bat at least three times, Edwards went back to his car and left the scene.
According to the probable cause statement, the police arrived on the scene and found evidence consistent with the story the women told them. The woman who had been hit with the baseball bat was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George for examination.
Edwards told the police he didn’t really hit anyone with the baseball bat, the statement said, and that the bat’s use was in self defense.
Edwards was arrested and booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility and charged with one third-degree aggravated assault charge, and one class-B misdemeanor simple assault charge.
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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