Posted by Travis Uresk | Jan. 28th, 2023 | Domestic Violence |
By Travis Uresk
Vernal, Ut.- On January 5, 2023, Vernal City Officers were notified of a domestic violence incident that had occurred on New Year's Eve South of Vernal, Utah. Upon interviewing the victim, she gave a detailed account of what happened.
She stated that she was currently separated from her husband, Kevin Geovany Paz-Magana, and had been since October 2022, and Kevin had not lived at the address since September 2022.
The victim said that Kevin owned the home but had not lived there and only came over to visit their daughters and sometimes pick up tools. She said Kevin did not keep any personal effects in the home and was not welcome in the home on New Year's Eve.
She stated that her boyfriend was from out of town and had come to Vernal to stay the weekend. The victim stated that on the morning of December 31, 2022, she and her boyfriend were woken up in her bedroom when Kevin entered the room with a handgun and pointed it at both of them.
She said Kevin stated her boyfriend needed to leave the house or he would shoot him.
The boyfriend agreed to leave, and as Kevin was going, the female said she heard him fire several gunshots in the front of the home. Her boyfriend was spoken with as well, and he confirmed what she had told officers.
Also present in the home when this occurred were her and Kevin's daughters, 6 year old and a 1-year-old. The 6-year-old daughter was interviewed at the Vernal Children's Justice Center, and during the interview, she disclosed that her dad, who she clarified to be Kevin, had come into the house through the front door while she was playing in the living room. She said her dad had a gun in his hand and had said he was going to kill him, referring to the boyfriend.
The 6-year-old said that Kevin went into her mom's bedroom and heard yelling, and she was afraid Kevin was going to shoot and kill her mom’s boyfriend.
The little girl stated that when Kevin left the house, she heard a noise outside that sounded like a gun.
Attempts were made to make contact with Kevin. Officer Collom spoke with Kevin on the phone at one point and told him he wished to talk with him about an incident.
Kevin acknowledged that he knew Officer Collom wanted to talk with him about something that happened on New Year's Eve but stated he needed a translator to speak with him further because he did not speak English very well.
On the phone, Kevin agreed to meet with Officer Collom at the Vernal Police Department on January 19, 2023. Kevin did not show up or make further contact with the Officer to arrange a different meeting.
On January 26, 2023, Officer Collom was watching for Kevin at his apartment in Vernal and saw him get into his truck and leave the parking lot. With Vernal City Patrol Officer's assistance, Kevin was stopped and taken into custody.
Officer Collom arranged for a Spanish-speaking law enforcement officer to assist him with interviewing Kevin. Upon initially meeting with Kevin, he expressed to the Officer in Spanish that he wanted a lawyer and did not wish to speak with Officer Collom.
Officer Collom's Statements:
With this information, Kevin is being booked into the Uintah County Jail on two counts of Aggravated Assault as Third Degree Felonies for making a threat towards the two victims and showing immediate force with a dangerous weapon by pointing the gun at both of them as well as firing shots from the gun.
This offense against the female will be a domestic violence-related charge due to them being spouses to each other. Kevin and the victim's 6-year-old and 1-year-old daughters were present during this, and Kevin will also be booked in on two counts of Domestic Violence in the Presence of a Child as Third Degree Felonies.
Kevin will also be booked in on one count of Aggravated Burglary, a First Degree Felony. This is due to Kevin entering and remaining unlawfully in the victim’s home with the intent to commit an assault using a dangerous weapon, in this case, a firearm.
Kevin is being booked in on multiple violent felonies and poses a substantial risk to his family and his wife's current boyfriend due to the threats made. Furthermore, Kevin was unwilling to meet with Officer Collom regarding this case or make any attempt to coordinate a way of handling potential charges he knew were likely awaiting.
Also, in the course of intelligence gathering regarding Kevin Paz-Magana, it was found there are discrepancies with his name and social security number according to Immigration and Customs. Investigation into this is ongoing, but there is cause to believe Kevin is not in the country legally and is likely to flee the jurisdiction.