LAVERKIN – A 25-year-old LaVerkin man was charged Monday with assaulting a 65-year-old man who was walking his dog.
David Carl McMurdie was arrested and charged with one third-degree felony for aggravated assault, one class B misdemeanor for disorderly conduct, and one class C misdemeanor for interfering with arrest.
At approximately 9:53 a.m., a citizen flagged down an officer to report that a man was screaming, spinning around and yelling at cars, LaVerkin City Police Officer Amber Crouse said in a probable cause statement supporting the arrest. The citizen said he was alarmed by the man’s behavior and was worried something was wrong.
Officers were in the process of looking for the man when he allegedly assaulted a 65-year-old man walking his dog in LaVerkin.
The 65-year-old man said he could hear someone running behind him and turned to see who it was, according to the statement. He did not recognize the man so he turned back around and continued walking his dog, at which point, the man hit the 65-year-old in the back with a fist-sized rock before taking off running toward the LaVerkin Farmer’s Market.
Crouse located the man, whom she described as “very agitated” and “walking at a high rate of speed” near the Farmer’s Market. Crouse said in the statement:
I pulled into the parking lot and asked the male his name. He stated his name was David McMurdie. David was very angry and wanted to know what I wanted. He was yelling about having a penis and not a vagina. He was also yelling that he didn’t have boobs, breasts or a vagina. He drew a lot of attention from people in the parking lot with the things he was yelling.
When she asked McMurdie what had happened with the man walking his dog, Crouse said in her statement, McMurdie said he had been at home and didn’t know a man walking a dog.
“I asked David if he hit a man with a rock,” Crouse said, “and he stated he doesn’t pick on retards.”
With assistance from a deputy and another officer, McMurdie was detained and placed under arrest. McMurdie began pushing himself back and tensed up, and while officers were trying to place him in the patrol car, he fell to his knees and would not get into the vehicle.
Once inside the patrol car, McMurdie began hitting his head on the cage, according to court documents. When officers told him to stop hitting his head on the cage, he began hitting his head on the side window. After officers, again, told McMurdie to stop, he spit at them. On the way to the jail, officers had to stop and put a spit mask on McMurdie and restrain his feet because he was trying to kick out the back window of the patrol car.
While en route to the jail, McMurdie said “he asked that old man if he knew his sister and then he hit him with the rock,” Crouse said the statement.
The 65-year-old said he has metal plates holding his back together and that he would need an x-ray to determine if the rock caused damage.
McMurdie was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on Monday. His bail is set at $5,830.
McMurdie made his initial court appearance Tuesday.
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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