A woman was treated at Moab Regional Hospital last week after her boyfriend allegedly assaulted her following a night of heavy drinking, according to a Moab Police Department report.
Joshua Adam Walter, 34, of Lancaster, Ohio, was arrested May 2 on a second-degree felony aggravated assault charge, as well as misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct, intoxication, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
According to an MPD report, officers were dispatched to the 200 block of West Center Street on a report of a fight and screams of a woman saying, “don’t hit me.” When officers arrived they discovered a female crying and holding her jaw. An officer stated in the report that she was unable to keep her balance and was going in and out of consciousness.
While officers were attending to the woman she reportedly told them her boyfriend had hit her, though she refused to give officers his name. At that point, according to officers on scene, Walter emerged from a treed area and they made contact with him.
According to the police report, Walter identified himself and advised officers he was the boyfriend of the female, stating they both were inebriated and that everything that had occurred was just a misunderstanding. Police say Walter then became uncooperative.
“Walter was belligerent and refused to comply with the investigation,” the report states. “Walter blamed the behavior of [the victim] on her possibly having a mental condition. During conversations with Walter he advised that they had come from [a bar] and were just heading home. He advised that [the victim] had just lost control due to having too much alcohol, so he left her while she calmed down. After Walter was advised of Miranda [rights], prior to additional investigatory questioning, he became non-compliant and refused to answer questions.”
The victim was then taken to MRH after personnel from Grand County Emergency Medical Services determined she had likely suffered a concussion.
After Walter was placed under arrest and transported to Grand County Jail, detention officers allegedly found marijuana and a tin foil pipe on his person. His next court appearance is set for June 5.