Roadside fight in Hurricane leads to arrest for warrants, drug possession

Posted at 4:14 PM, Aug 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-21 18:14:39-04

HURRICANE, Utah — Police in Hurricane responded to an altercation between two men on the side of a road Sunday morning, and one of the men was arrested for the fight as well as for outstanding warrants.

Police responded to the area of 3800 West State Street in Hurricane around 6:51 a.m. and found 22-year-old Timothy Mendez, who had been assaulting another male.

The suspect tried to leave the scene but was stopped by police. Investigators determined the two men were travelling together through Hurricane with several others when one man wanted to get out of the vehicle. He was let out on the side of the road, but then the vehicle stopped and Mendez exited the car and began arguing with the victim.

A physical confrontation ensued, and witnesses reported Mendez stood over the victim and punched him the face and also threw rocks at him. He also allegedly stomped on the victim’s head, and the victim said he produced a pocket knife and cut Mendez in self-defense.

Police state Mendez was found to be the “primary aggressor” in the altercation, and he was also allegedly in possession of drugs believed to be amphetamines as well as a knife. He was arrested on charges relating to Sunday’s incident as well as for three local warrants. Mendez was treated at a hospital before being booked into jail.

The victim refused medical treatment and said he would find assistance on his own.