ST. GEORGE – A St. George woman has been arrested for allegedly instigating the fight that occurred Sunday night between a group of approximately 15 people near the Skimboard Park on 2700 E. Waterfront Drive in St. George.
Heather Hill Mccleery, 30, was arrested on Monday and charged with Utah Code 76-9-101, causing a riot – a third-degree felony – after several witnesses identified her as the person who instigated and called more people on the phone to join the fight, which resulted in several people physically injured during its course.
According to the probable cause statement filed by St. George Police Officer Hector Dominguez in connection with the arrest, a witness said he had seen a “blonde lady,” later identified as Mccleery, yelling at a group of guys, while another witness claimed to have seen Mccleery bring a bat out of her vehicle, matching the information dispatch had given about a bat being used to hit someone in the face.
“When I arrived on scene, I noticed that there was a male laying on the ground who appeared to have a concussion,” Dominguez said in the statement. “(The victim) was limp and almost unconscious, having trouble understanding simple questions, date, time, location and whereabouts.”
The man was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center.
Another man, who was hit in the face with a tire iron during the fight, leaving him with a “big swollen eye” and laceration, said he and his family and friends were at the park when Mccleery and her friends started calling them derogatory names such as “spics” and “beaners” and yelling that immigration was coming for them, the charging documents said.
The man said he did not know who hit him, as everything happened so fast, but that he did know Mccleery had caused the fight to break out, Dominguez wrote in the statement. He said he recognized Mccleery because he used to work with her ex-husband.
According to the probable cause statement, a third victim, who witnesses said was on the ground getting kicked in the head, told officers that before the actual fight happened, he overheard Mccleery calling people on the phone to “come fight the Mexicans.” He said at first it was a small group, and then it turned into a large group as people started to arrive in cars.
After having dispatch run the description and receiving information from witnesses, Dominguez said a positive match came back for Mccleery, along with the vehicle, which witnesses said she was driving when she left the scene, being registered in her name.
Officers searched for Mccleery through Sunday night and were able to locate her the next day around 4:30 p.m. at 1294 S. Bloomington Drive in St. George while she was dropping off her kids.
“I made contact with Heather and before any questions were asked I read her Miranda Rights,” Dominguez said. “Heather stated she did not want to talk to me and she wanted a lawyer.”
Mccleery was arrested and booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility. According to booking information, her bail stands at $10,000.
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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