GARFIELD COUNTY – A 61-year-old man is dead following a fatal assault that occurred Tuesday morning.
The man was a staff member at a rehabilitation facility near Escalante, Utah, and was attacked by a 17-year-old juvenile around 7:30 a.m., according to a press release from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.
The attack was witnessed by another youth who ran to a nearby building for help. A female staff member responded and confronted the 17-year-old. She managed to keep him out of the building, but was also attacked and injured.
The teen then gained access to a staff member’s vehicle and headed toward Escalante, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Information concerning the stolen vehicle was given to the sheriff’s deputies responding to the incident.
The deputies encountered the 17-year-old who was traveling at high speeds and engaged in a pursuit. They ultimately used a PIT maneuver that caused the teen to crash the vehicle. The teen was subsequently taken into custody.
The female staff member who was attacked was taken to a nearby hospital and is reported to be in stable condition.
The Sheriff’s Office did not release the suspect’s name due to his being a juvenile. The identities of the victims and the name of the facility the incident occurred have also not yet been released by authorities.
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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