Cedar City man arrested after allegedly stabbing another man in fight over speaker

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CEDAR CITY — A 41-year-old Cedar City man has been arrested after allegedly stabbing another man multiple times with a pocket knife during a fight late Monday night.

Iron County Jail, Cedar City, Utah, Nov. 24, 2021 | File photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

Bryan Burkes was booked into Iron County Jail early Tuesday on suspicion of multiple charges, including aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person and interfering with arrest.

The incident reportedly occurred shortly after 10 p.m. Monday at a residence in the area of 200 West and Sunbow Street, in the neighborhood just south of Canyon View Middle School.

According to a probable cause statement filed in support of his arrest, Burkes was involved in an altercation with two other men over a speaker that one of the men said rightfully was his.

“Bryan then pulled a folding pocket knife and stated that if they did not back off he would stab them,” the arresting officer wrote in the affidavit.

At some point during the ensuing fight, Burkes was punched in the face, causing injuries to his mouth and teeth, the statement adds.

Burkes then allegedly stabbed one of the men multiple times with the knife, with its blade breaking off and becoming lodged inside the man’s person, the affidavit states.

Later, after Burkes had been read his Miranda rights and interviewed at the police department, he reportedly became agitated about his arrest and began “flailing his body around” as he resisted the officers who were trying to escort him to the patrol vehicle to take him to jail. Burkes reportedly lost a silver cap from one of his teeth during that scuffle, the affidavit states.

Tuesday afternoon, a Cedar City Police Department spokesman told Cedar City News that the man who was stabbed has received stitches and reportedly is doing well.

Utah court records show Burkes pleaded guilty to misdemeanor weapon and drug possession charges  Oct. 25, 2021, and was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation by 5th District Judge Matthew L. Bell.

Burkes’ criminal history also includes prior felony drug convictions for which he served time in Utah State Prison.

This report is based on statements from court documents and law enforcement officials and may not contain the full scope of findings. 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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