Posted by Travis Uresk | May 23rd, 2023 | Assault |
By Travis Uresk
Vernal, Ut.-On 5/20/23, Cpl. Randall responded to the Silver Pines Apartment Complex at 805 South 160 East regarding a possible fight. It was reported a female hit a male with a bat.
Cpl. Randall arrived on scene and spoke with the adult male, who lives at the apartment complex. He stated his ex-wife, 42-year-old Brandy Jaquelyn Caldwell, and her 20-year-old son assaulted him.
The adult male said he and Brandy had been arguing via text throughout the day, and he called Brandy names in the text messages. The adult male said this upset her son, and he called the adult male, and they began to argue.
The adult male walked to the mailboxes next to the complex to meet with the son, and when he reached the mailboxes, he noticed his son was with his ex-wife's son. The adult male stated he then turned around to return to his apartment.
The adult male said Brandy and her son started to follow him, and while they were following him, the two of them were calling him names, trying to antagonize him.
When the adult male reached the walkway to his apartment, the son pushed him. The victim grabbed him to get him to stop. At that time, Brandy struck him three times with a baseball bat.
The adult male stated he was struck in the head, right arm, and right leg. He removed his hat, and Cpl. Randall observed a hematoma forming on the right side of his head just above his temple, and there was a contusion on his right tricep. Both of these injuries are consistent with being struck by a baseball bat.
The adult male was asked if his son was present during the altercation, and the adult male stated yes he witnessed the altercation.
Cpl. Randall spoke with a witness who saw the altercation, and she stated she saw Brandy's son push the adult male, and they both began to punch each other. A couple of other people began trying to break up the fight. The witness said the three of them continued to argue, and during the fight, a juvenile female got in between the adult male and Brandy's son, and at that time, Brandy struck the victim with the bat.
Another witness stated she heard yelling coming from the breezeway between apartments. She grabbed her child, turned around, and saw Brandy strike the adult male with the bat. She also said the altercation continued out in the street, where Brandy's son began to choke the adult male, and the altercation stopped, and Brandy, her son, and two juveniles walked away.
Cpl. Randall spoke with Brandy and asked her what happened. Brandy stated she and the adult male were arguing via text, and her 20-year-old son read the messages her ex-husband was sending. She then stated her son called her ex-husband and told him not to say what he was saying to her.
Brandy said her son left to meet her ex-husband, and she followed him outside, telling the adult male was not worth it. Brandy stated she couldn't hear what her son was saying to her, ex-husband. She believes he said, "Get beat by a man."
Brandy stated the adult male and her son were engaging in a physical altercation, and her daughter got in between them. Brandy said she "nicked" the victim with the baseball bat, and the neighbors stopped the altercation.
Brandy said, "I'm not going to lie. I wish I could of done more with that bat,"
Brandy also stated she told the adult male, "If he touched her children, she would him with the bat."
Cpl. Randall watched a video Brandy recorded and observed the adult male walking away from her and her son. The adult male was arguing with Brandy and her son. Brandy appeared to get close to the adult male with her phone, then the victim put his hand out, and the phone then pointed at the ground.
The adult male continues to argue with Brandy and her son, and then the son and the adult male posture up in a fighting position. The video shows the son shove the victim, causing him to almost fall to the ground. The adult male then engages Brandy's son in a physical altercation.
Cpl. Randall could hear the adult male being struck with the bat multiple times and him asking his neighbor to call the police.
Cpl. Randall determined Brandy Caldwell acted with unlawful force and was placed under arrest and booked into the Uintah County Jail.