Man Assaults U Employee In Union, Resulting In Minor Injuries

A dispute over TV channels resulted in an assault involving a university employee.

The argument, which occurred March 12 around 3 p.m., took place on the bottom floor of the Union in the lounge area near the bowling alley. U Police originally got reports of a stabbing. While there was a pocketknife present during the fight, it was not used as a weapon.

The incident involved two men who disagreed over what show to have playing on the big screen TV. The 35-year-old victim, who works with U Parking Enforcement and was watching a sports game when the second man approached him seeking to change the channel, was punched in the face, suffering two cuts near his left eye. He received treatment for the minor injuries at U Medical Center.

The suspect is 22 years old and is not affiliated with the U. The man originally fled the scene, but Sgt. Garth Smith, U Police spokesperson, said officers tracked him down and booked him at Salt Lake County Jail.

Aggravated assault is considered a third degree felony and can result in fines up to $5,000 and up to five years in jail.

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