Man faces felonies after allegedly stabbing 2 in Cedar City; girlfriend jailed for obstruction

File photo of a Cedar City Police vehicle, Cedar City, Utah, April 27, 2019 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — A man who allegedly stabbed two other men with a pocket knife during a fight late Wednesday night faces multiple felony charges in connection with the incident.

File photo of Cedar City Police vehicle, Cedar City, Utah, May 13, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

Tyler Forrest Davis, 29, was booked into Iron County Jail on Thursday afternoon after being arrested by Iron County Metro SWAT officers earlier that morning.

According to charging documents filed Thursday, Davis faces two counts of aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury, a second-degree felony, one count of obstruction of justice and one count of unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon, each a third-degree felony, and tampering with evidence, a class A misdemeanor.

In addition, a 30-year-old woman, identified in jail and court records as Brandy Rose Miller, was also taken into custody on Thursday and faces one third-degree felony count of obstruction of justice. 

According to the probable cause affidavits filed in support of the arrests, Davis was involved in a fight with two other men on Brook Street in Cedar City late Wednesday night. At approximately 11:39 p.m., police were dispatched to the scene after receiving a report of a stabbing.

“Officers arrived and found fresh blood in the roadway,” the arresting officer wrote in the affidavit, adding that bloody footprints were seen leading up to a nearby residence.

Police checked the home and found more blood inside, but no occupants inside. At the same time, police were informed that two individuals with stab wounds had just arrived at Cedar City Hospital, one of whom was a resident of the home in question.

“Both victims had injuries severe enough that they had to (be) airlifted to the St George Hospital,” the affidavit states, adding, “They were both interviewed there again and both said that Tyler pulled out the knife and came after them.”

With the primary suspect Davis still at large, police then worked to find him by locating his girlfriend Miller. Using vehicle records and a phone-finding app, investigators were ultimately able to track the pair to a trailer at a mobile home park at 1225 W. Harding Avenue, just a few blocks away from the scene of the initial fight.

Early Thursday morning, SWAT officers responded to the scene and began using a loudspeaker to command the residents to exit the trailer, according to the affidavit.

“A male subject identified as Tyler Davis attempted to flee out of the back of residence and was taken into custody,” the document states. “He was caught going over a fence separating the trailer park and the freeway.”

Although Miller did not attempt to flee when she exited the trailer, she reportedly denied having anything to do with the incident.

File photo of Iron County Jail, Cedar City, Utah, Aug. 17, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

“She told officers she was not present when the stabbing occurred,” the affidavit states, adding, “She claimed she was behind the house retrieving items when the incident occurred, and came back to where it occurred afterwards. She told me that she only saw one of the victims punch Tyler, nothing more, and claimed this happened earlier. She denied seeing any blood or knowing anything about a stabbing. She claimed she watched the victims drive away, but again claimed there was no blood present.”

However, police interviewed an eyewitness who allegedly confirmed that Miller was at the scene of the fight.

“Based on our investigation it has been found that Brandy arranged for her mom to come and take her and Tyler from the area of the stabbing,” the arresting officer wrote in the affidavit, which concludes, “She then lied to officers about where she was during the altercation and claimed she didn’t see it. Both the suspect, Tyler Davis, and the witness put her as being present during the altercation. Based on comments by them, there is no way she would have not witnessed the altercation, seen the blood, and had some type of idea what occurred.”

Davis also faces obstruction of justice charges because he allegedly changed out of his bloody clothes and discarded them, in addition to washing off the knife while taking a shower, according to the charging documents. 

Davis is currently on probation for felony assault out of California; he reportedly admitted to investigators that his probation officer was not aware that he was in Utah. As for Miller, she is also on felony probation out of California, according to the charges.

Davis and Miller are both being held without bail in Iron County Jail as of Friday evening. Neither has had their initial court appearance scheduled in 5th District Court.

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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