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Family, Alcohol, Fight, And A Trip To Jail


| Vernal, Ut. | June, 1st, 2024 |

Vernal police were dispatched to an assault at the Quality Inn located at 1684 West US-40.

When Cpl. Young arrived. He met with 33-year-old Jose Cesar Palacio and the victim, who is Jose's brother.

Jose stated he and the victim were arguing about their wives and work. He said they had all been drinking, and the argument turned into a physical fight. Jose stated that his brother was standing in front of him, holding a bottle.

Jose thought the victim was going to hit him with the bottle, so he struck the victim with a closed fist to his face. The victim fell, and Jose stood over him and put his hand around the victim's throat.

Cpl. Young observed blood on the right sleeve of Jose's shirt and stated that it was from the victim grabbing at his arm when he was choking him. After their stepfather and another co-worker separated them, Jose ran into the adjacent hotel room that was connected to the room they had fought in. Jose locked the door behind him, which the victim kicked in. Law enforcement arrived shortly after.

On the victim's face were several marks and swelling on his forehead, nose, lips, and the left side of his face. The victim confirmed that Jose had thrown the only punch and had continued to punch the victim in the face while he was also being choked. The victim described seeing stars and feeling like he was having a bad asthma attack while being choked.

Later Cpl. Young found out that the medical staff at the hospital informed the victim that he had a broken nose.

Jose was placed under arrest and transported to the Uintah County Jail, where he was booked on the charges of aggravated assault domestic violence. Jose is being held without bail.

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