arrested on suspicion of assaulting, stalking ex-wife
April 15, 2009 | LOGAN -- A 25-year-old man was arrested
April 8 and booked on counts of stalking his ex-wife,
damage to a communications device, assault, aggravated
burglary, criminal mischief, and possible aggravated
Tyler N. Murdoch and his then-wife had been married
for two years when they divorced; Murdoch moved back
in with his ex-wife until last week when they had an
argument, said Cache County Chief Deputy Sheriff David
Murdoch reportedly called his ex-wife 30 times in
one day where she worked and was waiting at home on
the front porch when she returned.
Bennett said Murdoch had returned to get his personal
belongings and had broken into the home; while in the
home, Murdoch pulled out a pocket knife and cut up some
pillows in front of his ex-wife.
Neighbors reported to have heard the ex-wife screaming
and bruises on her arm where Murdoch had grabbed her
were evident, Bennett said.
Bennett said that Murdoch may face more possible counts
if the people on the phone were the police that his
ex-wife was calling when he grabbed and threw it.
"If there is stalking [in Logan] it's usually a domestic
thing, it's not that common but it does happen," Bennett
Murdoch is being held at the Cache County jail on
the counts, which include second and third degree felonies,
and three class B misdemeanors.
Several years ago, Bennett explained, the law was
changed regarding domestic violence. If the police arrive
at a situation that looks like it falls under the 12
different crimes of domestic violence they have to arrest
the individual or write a citation, Bennett said.
Once arrested both parties have to sign a 24-hour
protection form and must stay away from the home of
the victim for 48 hours so that they have enough time
to get more legal protection if desired, Bennett said.
The victim of the domestic violence may also sign a
waiver of the protection form if they choose to.
The police give those involved with domestic violence
information that can help them like contacts for the
Community Abuse Prevention Services Agency or CAPSA
as it often known, but it's really up to them to call,