Posted by Travis Uresk | May 21st, 2023 | Domestic Violence |
By Travis Uresk
Vernal, Ut.-On 5/16/23, Officer Ross responded to a domestic detail where 25-year-old Hannah Jo Baker contacted dispatch stating her boyfriend assaulted her, and this incident occurred in the early morning between 1:30 to 6:00 am.
Officer Ross contacted Hannah by phone, and Hannah stated she had left Vernal and she got into an altercation with her boyfriend. She said he pushed her, but nothing else occurred. Hannah also stated she was leaving to go to Heber and would not meet with the Officer until she was ready.
Officer Ross was able to locate her boyfriend, who was seen with injuries to his face, neck, and arms. The victim stated the incident started earlier in the day with arguing between himself and Hannah. The victim stated they had only been dating for approximately eight days.
The victim stated they went to McDonald's to get something to eat when an argument started. He exited the truck when he told Hannah he was leaving to go home.
The victim said he began walking on the crosswalk between 7-eleven and Taco Bell when he saw the truck Hannah was driving coming toward him quickly in the oncoming traffic lane. The victim said he could hear the tires squealing. He was able to jump out of the way before being hit by the truck.
The victim stated Hannah strangled him on three separate occasions during this altercation. He described the strangling as Hannah using both hands and her left hand to put pressure on his jugular with, heavy pressure to the point he couldn't breathe or talk. The victim said, "He thought he was going to die."
When Hannah was choking the victim, she used her left hand to punch him in the face multiple times.
Hannah refused to meet with Officer Ross as she was attempting to flee the area and was already past Ft. Duchesne heading toward Heber. Officer Ross requested an attempt to locate (ATL) be broadcasted because Hannah was the predominant aggressor.
A UHP Trooper was able to locate Hannah outside of Duchesne and transported her to Roosevelt, where Officer Ross took custody of her.
Hannah was secured in the patrol vehicle, and while en route to the Uintah County Jail, Hannah stated, "She could choke whoever she wanted, and she should've shot him."
Officer Ross was unable to question Hannah about this incident as she didn't provide any information about this on the phone. Once Hannah was located, she stated multiple threats against Officer Ross, including assault and spitting on Officers.
While at the jail, she was quickly placed in booking cells to reduce further incidents.
Hannah Baker was charged with aggravated assault domestic violence due to her using her vehicle as a weapon to attempt to cause serious or substantial bodily injury to the victim.