ST. GEORGE – A 42-year-old man was arrested Thursday and is now facing a second-degree felony, among other charges, after an alleged go-kart dispute with a 15-year-old boy at a family-fun center last week turned into a physical altercation.
On Oct. 12, officers responded to Fiesta Fun, 171 E. 1160 South, in St. George around 10:20 p.m. on an assault incident where it was reported that a man and a juvenile were involved in an altercation, according to a probable cause statement filed by the St. George Police Department in support of the arrest.
The man, later identified as Christopher Dee Muscato, of Henderson, Nevada, left the scene prior to officers’ arrival.
After interviewing the juvenile and several witnesses at the scene, the statement said, officers learned that the incident began when Muscato and the juvenile had gotten into a verbal argument about issues that occurred on the go-kart track.
During the argument, Muscato pushed the 15-year-old boy into a pole and then hit him in the face, according to the statement. In an attempt to defend himself, the boy began throwing punches at Muscato.
“Christopher then grabbed the juvenile male by the collar, causing his shirt to rip, attempted to pick him up and then threw him to the ground,” the arresting officer wrote in the statement. “The juvenile male hit his head on the ground causing a concussion.”
“While the juvenile male was lying on the ground,” the officer wrote, “Christopher grabbed him by the neck and began choking him to the point the juvenile male stated he could not breathe.”
A group of individuals at the family-fun center broke up the fight, at which point, Muscato left the area. However, the facility’s manager was able to locate Muscato’s payment transaction receipt to provide officers with his name.
The next day, officers were able to speak with Muscato over the phone about the incident.
“Christopher admitted he was involved and stated he did not realize the juvenile male he got into an altercation with was 15 years of age,” the arresting officer wrote in the statement. “He stated based on the appearance and the way the male spoke, he thought the juvenile was at least 20 years of age.”
Muscato confirmed the altercation was a result of issues that occurred on the go-kart track, according to the statement. Muscato told police he took it as a direct assault on his wife when the 15-year-old told her “f— you.”
“Christopher stated he turned around, picked the male up, threw him to the ground and then the altercation was broken up,” the officer wrote. “He and his family quickly left the area afterwards.”
Muscato went to the St. George Police Department and turned himself in Thursday and was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
He has been charged with second-degree felony child abuse intentionally inflicting serious physical injury, a class B misdemeanor for criminal mischief causing intentional damage to property, along with an infraction for disorderly conduct.
Muscato has since been released from custody on $10,680 bail. He is scheduled to make his next court appearance Tuesday afternoon.
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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