Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

August 8, 2013
Man arrested for beating hitchhiker

A Utah man has been arrested after police say he severely beat a hitchhiker he had picked up.

On Friday afternoon, officers from West Wendover Police  responded to a call from one of the town’s hotels that a man, covered in blood, had come in and told people in the hotel he had possibly killed someone, said Sgt. Dave Wiskerchen of the West Wendover Police Department.

Meanwhile, in another area of the city, officers responded to a call about a man who  had been severely beaten, Wiskerchen said.

“We got everybody involved trying to figure it out,” he said. “Ultimately, we learned that there had been a male that had been possibly kidnapped and driven to a location south of West Wendover and been severely beaten. And the suspect in the case left him at the scene and had returned to West Wendover.”

The suspect, 35-year-old William Lose of Salt Lake City, allegedly picked up the 58-year-old victim, also from Salt Lake, from a truck stop in West Wendover. But instead of heading back to Utah as apparently agreed, drove south of town, farther into Nevada, where the victim was allegedly beaten.

Wiskerchen said the victim walked and crawled nearly a mile to state Route-93, where a passerby found him and drove him back into town. Lose was interviewed by police and eventually booked into the Elko County Jail on charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with substantial bodily harm. The victim was transported to a Salt Lake hospital. Wiskerchen said he was not aware of a specific motive in the alleged crime.

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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