ST. GEORGE – One man was taken to the hospital and another arrested following an alleged assault involving a dumbbell.
St. George Police were called to Desert Palms Health & Fitness Club in St. George on Oct. 14 where Jacob Dockstader, of St. George, allegedly hit another man with a 5-pound dumbbell, according to a probable cause statement filed by St. George Police Officer S. Carter in connection with the arrest.
When Carter arrived on the scene, he found a man lying unconscious on the floor “with blood on his face and head,” according to the statement. He also saw blood on the floor near the unconscious man. Witnesses said Dockstader hit the man with the dumbbell after the two had an exchange of words.
Carter talked to Dockstader outside of the gym. According to the statement, Dockstader told the officer the other man had started the confrontation by calling him a name and then he allegedly threw a dumbbell he had been curling at Dockstader, striking him in the foot.
According to the report, Dockstader said he “snapped” and hit the other man in the head with a dumbbell he had been using.
Dockstader said he knew he should have “walked away” and that he had made a “bad decision,” Carter’s report stated.
Carter was unable to speak to the other man at the scene because he was still unconscious. He did observe a severe cut to one of the man’s ears, according to the statement, before the man was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center.
Dockstader was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility following the incident on charges of second-degree felony aggravated assault, according to court records. He has since bailed out of jail. He is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 4.
The man injured in the alleged assault underwent emergency surgery to address injuries to his head, according to information posted on his personal Facebook page. He was discharged from the hospital Tuesday, a week after the alleged assault occurred.
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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