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Vernal Man Arrested For Domestic Violence, Says His New Medication Made Him Hallucinate

Posted by Travis Uresk | Dec. 17th, 2022 | Domestic Violence |

By Travis Uresk


Vernal, Ut.- On 12/01/2022 at around 12:24 pm, Officer Borrelli responded to an assault at an apartment in Vernal, Utah. While en route to the address, dispatch stated the offender, 20-year-old Steven Joseph Rhonomus, left on foot and returned back to the apartment.

Officer Borrelli knocked on the door and heard a male yelling inside the apartment. Steven opened the front door, and Officer Borrelli could see two other individuals inside the apartment.

Steven was standing at the doorway to the living room, where a female was crying. The female was sitting on a couch and had visible bruises and cuts, and bleeding around her face.

Steven was asked to step outside where he agreed to talk with the Officer. He turned away, stating he wanted to get his shoes.

Officer Borrelli followed Steven into a bedroom and asked what had happened. Steven stated he recently changed his medication and believed he started to hallucinate.

While talking with Steven, he began to speak in an aggressive tone and stated he just remembered seeing things, and then he was hitting the female.

Steven was handcuffed, and was placed in the back of the Officers patrol vehicle.

Officer Borrelli talked with the victim, who stated she was in the living room watching TV when she heard Steven yelling from his bedroom. The female said Steven was heard shouting and came out to the living room.

Steven then lunged at the victim and began hitting her in the face with his fist. She stated while getting hit in the face, and she was able to turn over towards the couch to protect herself.

The victim said when she turned over, she got in a position where she was kneeling on the ground with her face pressed into the cushion of the couch.

While in this position, Steven continued to hit her. The victim was able to push Steven off, and as she pushed Steven, he fell to the ground. Steven stayed on the floor towards the end of the couch.

The woman looked around for the child and noticed the child was standing in the living room, watching Steven hit her.

Steven got off the floor and left the apartment to his parent's apartment, a floor below. The victim stayed with the child in the living room until the paramedics arrived.

The victim received temporary disfigurement to her bottom lip and the left side of her face causing her physical pain.

She was transported to Uintah Basin Clinic for treatment.

Steven was transported to Uintah County Jail and booked with domestic violence assault with substantial bodily damage and domestic violence in the presence of a child.

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