ST. GEORGE – The Monster Massive Halloween concert held at the Dixie Center Saturday night went awry for at least five concert goers after at least four people were assaulted, one person was transported to the hospital and one man was arrested.
The concert was underway when 23-year-old Geoffrey Duane Vaughns allegedly grabbed the buttocks of a woman attending the concert, according to a probable cause statement written by St. George Police Sgt. Spencer Holmes in support of the arrest.
Things went from bad to worse when the woman’s husband confronted Vaughns about the inappropriate grab, the statement said, at which point, the woman’s husband was assaulted by Vaughns and punched in the face.
“A friend of Geoffrey … stepped in and was hit in the face with enough force to knock him unconscious and he collapsed to the cement floor and hit his head on the ground,” Holmes wrote in the statement. “(The man) had blood on his lip and blood coming from the back of his head.”
The injured man was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George in serious condition.
Another woman who witnessed the altercation was also struck in the head, the statement said. All of the alleged victims as well as independent witnesses identified Vaughns as the person responsible for each of the assaults.
Vaughns was detained as he was leaving the altercation.
He denied hitting anyone but changed his story several times saying he did know who assaulted the individuals but didn’t want to tell who it was, according to the statement of probable cause. He said he was present at the time the altercation occurred but was not directly involved.
Vaughns was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
He was charged with third-degree felony aggravated assault, a class A misdemeanor for sexual battery, and two class B misdemeanors for assault.
Judge John J. Walton, of the 5th District Court, ordered $5,000 bail for Vaughns’ release pending trial.
He was found indigent by the court during his initial court appearance Monday and will be represented by court-appointed attorney Aric Cramer. He is scheduled to make his next court appearance Nov. 9.
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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