Facebook fight leads to rioting charges

ST. GEORGE – St. George Police arrested Arin Hoagland, 18, of St. George, Thursday night for felony charges of rioting causing serious bodily injury and aggravated child abuse. The charges stem from an argument that occurred on Facebook with a 15-year-old female that escalated into a fight at a local park involving several people.

Arin Hoagland, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Aug 14, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Arin Hoagland, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Aug 14, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

“We responded to a call yesterday evening of a disorderly,” St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said. “We were informed that a fight was taking place at the Royal Oaks Park on 1400 West.”

Several officers responded to the area. When they arrived, officers encountered a group of about 13 people. One of those people, who was actively involved in a physical altercation, was Hoagland.

“Hoagland had gotten into an argument online, via Facebook, with a 15-year-old female,” Despain said. “The two agreed to meet at the park to settle their differences.”

Despain said when the two met at the park, the physical altercation ensued.

“Hoagland actually caused some injuries to the 15-year-old,” Despain said. “So the riot charge stems from agreeing to meet at a certain area to cause disorder by the fight they got in. The child abuse charges stem from the fact that the person she got into a fight with was a juvenile.”

Despain said the juvenile was referred to the juvenile court for her part in the incident before being released to the custody of her parents.

Others involved in the incident were issued citations for the part they played in the events.

Hoagland was arrested and booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility on one third-degree felony riot charge and one third-degree felony aggravated reckless child abuse charge.

Hoagland’s bail was set at $10,000. According to information from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, she has posted bond and been released from custody.

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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  • Harry Johnson August 15, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Let the looting begin…

  • Koolaid August 15, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Danggggg!!!! These Utah Dixie chicks are something else! Remember that Utah Dixie chick who instigated a racially motivated fight not long ago? Oh my heck, where can I get meself one of these classy Utah Dixie chicks? Maybe if she had just gone to that women’s breast feeding event, she’d been much happier. A good mission might get her off the hook.

    • Truth August 15, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      Or a halfway decent … 🙂
      Ed. ellipsis.

  • BOBBER August 15, 2014 at 1:36 pm


  • Koolaid August 15, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    At least these Dixie women aren’t doing things with animals like some of the area Dixie guys have been. Wonder which will get the harsher conviction, the 18 year old fighting with a 15 year old, the guy stimulating the dog or the guy molesting the horse or the old man polygamist spiritually marrying the 15 year old? Oh wait, there was no polygamist was arrested for sex with a minor. My bad!

    • BOBBER August 15, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      uhm, aren’t all those things just normal in dixie?

  • Koolaid Roundmouth August 15, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    ALERT to EVERYONE. Read the 2nd to the last sentance of Kool aids comment. Is KoolAids Warren Jeffs ? Or did Aids finally prove their complete stupidity and retardation along with the inability to tell the truth.Kool aids has shown that being a loser inside also shows thru to the outside of ones self. I know Koolaids, they believe is self abuse while sitting dark damp sewers of life. Think of their mothers disbelief of how she pushed and pushed until she pooped them out. I have tried to get Kool to go to rehab for what has been proven today that they are a racist, a sexist, a sex abuser. Kool wants to file sexual abuse charges but the judge to them they can’t file on them selves. Oh poop!

    • BOBBER August 15, 2014 at 11:44 pm


  • anonymous August 15, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Another fine example of the kind of stupid that exists in this part of the country.

  • Brian Daniels August 16, 2014 at 3:38 am

    Apparently she forgot what happens when keeping it real goes wrong….…*
    Ed. ellipsis …*

    • Incognegro (Josh Dalton) August 16, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Please warn us before you just throw a comment like this into me mix! *Laughing hysterically*

  • Koolaid August 17, 2014 at 6:53 am

    It’s Sunday. “Stay worthy my friend..”

    • BOBBER August 17, 2014 at 11:40 am


  • Zonkerb October 9, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    And they wonder why tigers eat they’re young

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