Man charged with punching officer in face at Salt Lake City airport

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Posted at 7:08 AM, Mar 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-14 22:29:39-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A man from Washington state was arrested after allegedly punching a police officer in the face at the Salt Lake City airport on Saturday.

According to arrest documents, two officers were walking through the lobby at the Salt Lake City International Airport when 32-year-old John Dane Baydo of Tacoma, Washington, came up from behind them and unprovoked, sucker punched one of the officers in the side of his face with "great force."

The officers immediately tackled Baydo to the ground and arrested him. According to the documents, the assaulted officer had noticeable swelling and bruising on his face from the punch.

Baydo was reportedly mute throughout the entire ordeal and officers could not get him to give a reason for the attack.

He was being held in jail on $500 bond, then later charged with assaulting a police officer and his bail increased to $2,500.