St. George man arrested for allegedly abusing 82-year-old man

St. George Police cruiser stock image | Photo by Austin Peck, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A 44-year-old St. George man has been arrested for allegedly abusing an 82-year-old man.

James Hyrum Paulus, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Oct. 28, 2017 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

At approximately 9:38 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to a report of an assault at a residence on the 2400 East block of 400 North, according to a probable cause statement filed by St. George Police in support of the arrest.

Earlier that same morning, at around 3 a.m., James Hyrum Paulus allegedly told a woman at the residence that “while she was gone, he beat the (82-year-old man),” the arresting officer wrote in the sworn statement.

When the elderly man woke up, the woman confirmed he had been assaulted and she called police, the report states. Officers arrived and confirmed that the elderly man “did have injuries consistent with being assaulted.”

“James (Paulus) admitted to us that he had pushed the victim for coming into his restroom while he was using the bathroom, the officer wrote.

Authorities reportedly found blood evidence from the elderly man’s injuries in a hallway outside the master bedroom, the hallway bathroom as well as a hallway leading to the kitchen, the report states.

Paulus was arrested and transported to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

The Washington County Attorney’s Office filed an information in 5th District Court accusing Paulus of class A misdemeanor intentional abuse of a vulnerable adult.

Paulus was subsequently released from police custody on $3,020 bail. He is scheduled to appear before 5th District Judge John Walton Nov. 16 for his next court appearance.

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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  • knobe October 30, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    So a thug can beat & bloody an 80+ year old in the middle of the night for trying to get into a bathroom
    then get out on a wimpy $3K bail ?
    That tells me the laws put a very low value on elderly people .

  • WhatdiduthinkIwouldsay? October 31, 2017 at 7:57 am

    This is a guy that nailed a special needs kid in the face with an egg, broke his glasses and gave him a black eye in school. You’d think he would have learned to deal with his anger issues by now.

  • paul October 31, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Real tough guy boy I bet he felt proud beating up in a old man What a pig

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