HURRICANE – A 49-year-old man was arrested on burglary charges Friday after he allegedly punched a woman in the face and went into her home.
Officers responded to a Hurricane residence on a report of an assault, Hurricane City Police Officer Troy Hall said in a probable cause statement supporting the arrest. Officers spoke with a woman who said Robert Darren Lawson arrived at her residence and punched her in the nose while forcing his way into the front entry of her home and then fled the scene.
LaVerkin officers located Lawson and questioned him, Hall said in the statement. Lawson admitted to going to the woman’s residence and confronting her at the front door.
“I asked (Lawson) what he did,” Hall said, “and he stated he ‘smacked her upside the head.’”
Lawson told officers he previously rented his residence in LaVerkin to the woman and returned Friday to find it “extremely damaged.”
“(Lawson) stated he ‘let his emotions get the best of him’ and drove to her new residence and confronted her,” Hall said in the statement. “(Lawson) stated he messed up when he went to (the woman’s) residence and assaulted her.”
Lawson was arrested and charged with one second-degree felony for burglary because he entered the residence with the intent to commit an assault on the woman. He was booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility with his bail set at $10,000. According to booking information, he has been released from custody.
Lawson is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Oct. 3.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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