Police arrest man after Fiesta Fun go-kart dispute leads to physical altercation

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.

Christopher Dee Muscato, of Henderson, Nevada, booking photo posted Oct. 15, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News
Christopher Dee Muscato, of Henderson, Nevada, booking photo posted Oct. 15, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News

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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  • Bubbasheepherder October 20, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Sounds to me like the little punk needs to learn some manners.

    • Real Life October 20, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      Sounds to me like he did learn something. Probably never had any discipline in all of his fifteen years.

  • ladybugavenger October 20, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    This little 15 year old punk is a punk. Unfortunately,, this 42 yr old needs to learn that you can’t throw the first punch no matter how young or old somebody is. Does anybody else notice how black this guys eyes are in the booking photo?

  • Tm2282 October 20, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Lol what a bunch of D bags

  • .... October 20, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    The only thing this guy did wrong was letting somebody see him throw that punk down where he belongs. I hope all goes well for this guy. I don’t give a spit in the wind over that worthless 15 yr old punk. I hope his parents read these comments..

  • Common Sense October 21, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Geez people…calm down. This night of “family” fun ended badly. It’s hard to know what exactly happened. However, it does not excuse the older mans violence. I have also experienced a similar situation at Fiesta Fun without the violence on my end. After 8 PM the freaks come out and all they care about are themselves. Perhaps Fiesta Fun should hire Security that is older than 18 that can actually provide a safe “fun” environment for the whole family. It’s not called “Fiesta Teen Center”.

  • beentheredonethat October 21, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Mini road rage.

    • ladybugavenger October 21, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      That’s funny

  • krisp October 21, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Common Sense sounds like the only person posting on here that has any common sense. Nothing excuses this man punching a 15 year old in the face. We all know that teenagers don’t always use the best judgment, they can be mouthy, they can be disrespectful. None of these things warrants punching them in the face. We don’t know the full story, all of the witnesses are saying something very different than what this guy said. He is facing felony charges, obviously he is going to downplay what he did and make it sound like the boy was a whole lot worse than he was. Don’t judge the boy unless you know him personally.

  • .... October 22, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Krisp…. Pffffft that’s your opinion and that’s all it is.

  • Jeremy November 3, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Leave it to SGPD to show no discretion and charge this guy with everthing they could think of. I don’t care how old you are you talk trash to my wife you deserve to get roughed up.

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