Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

May 14, 2013
West Valley City man arrested for assaulting woman, motel manager

Arturo Ixta-Sierra

Arturo Ixta-Sierra

A West Valley City man has been charged for allegedly burning his girlfriend’s hair, hitting a man with a bat and vandalizing his holding cell.

On May 4, a Tooele County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to Motel 6 in Wendover about a fight in progress, and that someone had just been hit by a bat. The deputy found two women and a man, Arturo Ixta-Sierra, 18, who the deputy  believed to be an immediate threat, according to a probable cause statement.

While trying to handcuff Ixta-Sierra, the man allegedly struggled and resisted, and called the deputy names. The deputy had to request backup to get Ixta-Sierra into a patrol vehicle for holding so he could investigate the incident, according to the statement.

Victims and witnesses told the deputy that Ixta-Sierra had allegedly grabbed one of the women and burned her hair with a lighter, according to the statement. When the manager of the motel chased him, Ixta-Sierra allegedly hit him with a bat in the arm.

While being held, Ixta-Sierra banged his head on the vehicle and struggled in the back of the patrol car as he continued to threaten officers, according to the statement. He was transported to the Tooele County Substation in Wendover, where in a holding cell he used his watch to allegedly scratch gang-related graffiti into the cell door. He also kicked the doors so hard that the latch began to bend, according to the statement.

Ixta-Sierra reportedly told officers he had consumed three or four large beers, and that one of the women at the scene should be arrested for buying the alcohol for him. When transported to the Tooele County Detention Center, Ixta-Sierra told jail staff he was suicidal and homicidal. He was taken to Mountain West Medical Center for medical evaluation, where he was aggressive to hospital workers and police officers there, according to the statement.

Ixta-Sierra was charged Wednesday with two counts of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony; damage to jail, a third-degree felony; interference with arresting officer, a class B misdemeanor; purchase, possession or consumption of alcohol by a minor, a class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, an infraction. He made his first appearance in 3rd District Court on Monday.

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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