Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

April 19, 2012
West Wendover man hospitalized after suspected gang-related beating

A West Wendover man was hospitalized after being beaten in a fight Monday night.

Officers from the West Wendover Police Department were dispatched to a residential area on a report of a violent fight in progress at about 10 p.m. The victim, 20, was found severely battered, and was taken by medical helicopter to a hospital in Salt Lake City, according to a press release from the West Wendover Police Department.

According to witnesses, the victim was fighting physically with another man, and in the course of that scuffle a third man intervened and began hitting the victim with a long wooden pole. One of the two men suspected of beating the victim, 20-year-old West Wendover resident Salvador Avila, was arrested and booked into the Elko County Jail Tuesday morning for attempted murder and battery with a deadly weapon.

Chief Ron Supp of the West Wendover Police Department said police are still looking for the second suspect, and said neither the victim or Avila has given officers any indication of a motive in the incident.

“Nobody’s talking,” he said. “We suspect it’s probably gang-related.”

Supp said West Wendover generally has little gang activity.

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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