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A Roosevelt Man Gets Arrested For Being Accused Of Hitting And Strangling His Girlfriend

Posted by Travis Uresk | May 12th, 2023 | Domestic Violence |

By Travis Uresk


Roosevelt, Ut.- On 5/7/23, at around 10:30 pm, Officer Knight was dispatched to a report of a domestic violence incident. When the Officer arrived, he met with the victim, and she stated she and her boyfriend, 34-year-old Derrik A. Leonard, had been in a physical fight.

The victim stated the verbal argument started between her and Derrik, and she started yelling at him, calling him names. She said Derrik had gotten angry and began to hit her with a closed fist.

The female stated Derrik punched her several times on the left side of her body, then struck her on the back of the head twice. She stated she saw black and white spots after being hit in the back of the head.

After Derrik hit her in the back of the head, he grabbed her by the neck and strangled her. But she couldn't tell if she was losing her breath because she was yelling at Derrik to stop.

She had tried to strike Derrik to get him to let go, and Derrik shoved her against a dresser. The victim attempted to leave, but Derrik kept blocking the exit by standing in front of her and wouldn't let her leave. When she was finally able to leave, she called the police. The victim showed the Officer the back of her head, and he could see a glimpse of what appeared to be a large swelling contusion.

Officer Knight spoke with Derrik, and he stated a verbal argument started between him and his girlfriend, and he told her to leave the residence, and she wouldn't leave.

Derrik stated his girlfriend called him a "faggot," and he didn't like being disrespected that way. He then said she had gotten angry and punched him in the face, and she then started grabbing items from the home and left.

Officer Knight looked at Derrik’s face and couldn’t see any swelling or marks on his face at that time.

After reviewing the circumstances, Derrik was arrested for assault domestic violence due to the fact that the victim had physical marks that matched her description of the events.

Derrik Leonard was transported to the UBMC for medical clearance and then to the Duchesne County Jail.


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