N. Utah courts Aug. 28-Sept. 1: Assault in Syracuse leaves worker near death

Monday , September 04, 2017 - 5:15 AM1 comment

NADIA PFLAUM, Standard-Examiner staff

This is a weekly round-up of new charges and ongoing proceedings in Weber and Davis county courts for Aug. 28 - Sept. 1, 2017.

Davis County

Ronnie Kaehiawakea Brown, 46, was charged Aug. 30 with aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury, a second-degree felony, after an incident at a Syracuse work site on Aug. 24.

According to charging documents, the victim was operating a water truck as part of a road construction project and sprayed Brown, also a worker on the site, with water. Brown pulled the door to the victim’s truck open and allegedly began striking the victim. He then allegedly grabbed the victim’s feet and pulled her out of the truck, causing her head to strike the ground from a six-foot drop. Brown left the victim on the ground, bleeding, police said.

The victim is hospitalized with a broken neck and blood on the brain and may be paralyzed if she survives, charging documents said. 


Jefrey Giron, 29, was charged Aug. 29 with burglary, a second-degree felony; sexual battery, a Class A misdemeanor, and lewdness, a Class B misdemeanor. Sunset Police report that on Aug. 23, Giron was standing in the driveway of a home in Sunset and was a stranger to its residents. When a teenager exited the home, Giron allegedly slapped the victim on the buttocks, then entered the home without invitation, took off his clothes and laid down on a bed, court documents say. The property owners called the police, who reportedly also found marijuana on Giron. 


Joshua Robert Howe, 19, was charged Aug. 29 with sodomy upon a child, a first-degree felony, and sexual abuse of a child, a second-degree felony. Charging documents said that between March 1-31, Howe engaged in illegal sexual contact with a child victim under 14 years of age. Clearfield Police, who investigated the incidents, said Howe blamed the victim, whom he said, “pushes on me.” 


Weber County

Mason Allen Blair, 22, was charged July 25 with child abuse, a second-degree felony. Court documents said Blair was charged with child abuse in Utah County after Blair admitted to punching his 3-month-old son in the face. While hospitalized, medical personnel discovered older bruises on the child’s body, estimated to have occurred in early May, resulting in the charges now filed in Weber County. 


Jose DeJesus Saiz, 24; Israel Lopez-Gonzalez, 45; and Sage Patrick Thorson, 21, have been charged Aug. 4 with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery, first-degree felonies, and aggravated assault, a second-degree felony. Ogden Police said that after a drug deal in which Lopez-Gonzalez believed the victim had stolen $200 from him, Saiz forced the victim into a vehicle in the 2400 block of Monroe Boulevard and Lopez-Gonzalez allegedly beat the victim’s face and head with a gun.

Court documents say that Thorson allegedly aided in taking the victim’s cell phones and held the victim at gunpoint. The victim has lost eyesight in his right eye and suffered facial fractures and an 8-inch laceration to the head, police said. 


Alfonso Margo Valdez, 52, was charged Sept. 1 with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery and aggravated assault, all first-degree felonies enhanced by a habitual offender status and use of a weapon. He is also charged with possession, purchase, transfer or use of a firearm by a restricted person, a first-degree felony.

Weber County Sheriff’s deputies said that on Aug. 30, Valdez forced a female victim into his truck at gunpoint and struck her in the face with the handle of the gun when she tried to escape. The victim was able to get away and Valdez was arrested at his home, where authorities said they found a .22-caliber revolver. Valdez has previously served sentences in prison for domestic violence, attempted burglary and aggravated assault, according to court records. 

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