Park City assault leaves victim with life-threatening injuries
The victim of a mid-July assault in Park City was found four days later to have suffered life-threatening injuries during the confrontation, the Police Department said, describing that the severity of the case was not understood until well into the investigation.
Phil Kirk, a police captain, said an officer at 2:55 a.m. on July 16 responded to the Park City Medical Center to investigate the assault. The victim, a 22-year-old Park City man, told the police he had been assaulted on a basketball court at the Aspen Villas apartment complex.
Kirk said the victim and three others were at the basketball court, left to buy beer at a convenience store and returned. He said one of the men became ill and vomited. The victim attempted to assist the sick man. Kirk said the suspect threw a bottle of beer at the victim and the sick man before punching the victim. The suspect then left.
The sick man called 911 and the victim was taken by an ambulance to Park City Medical Center. Kirk said the victim’s face was swollen and he was bleeding. He said the victim could not speak as a result of the injuries. He was treated at the hospital and released.
Four days later, at 9:28 p.m. on July 20, an officer investigating the case went to the victim’s residence to ask follow-up questions and check on his condition.
The officer found the man was “having still quite a bit of pain and feeling dizzy, headaches,” Kirk said. The officer called for an ambulance, which took the man to Park City Medical Center.
“They actually thanked the officer for following up with the victim,” Kirk said about hospital staffers, adding, “The injuries could have killed the victim had he taken longer to get to the hospital.”
Kirk said the victim was later transported to another hospital for surgery. He did not provide details, citing privacy laws.
The suspect is 26 years old and from Park City. The police arrested him on a class A misdemeanor charge of assault and booked him into the Summit County Jail. The victim and the suspect know each other, Kirk said. He said investigators are unsure of the motive behind the confrontation. Kirk said the suspect told the police he was acting in self-defense, however.
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Arlene Loble served as the Park City manager in the 1980s, a pivotal period that prepared the community for the boom years that would follow in the 1990s. Loble, who recently died, is credited with introducing a level of professionalism to the municipal government that was needed amid the growth challenges.