Tuesday for man accused in Hyrum stabbing
ARREST IN STABBING: Sheriff's
deputies move in for the arrest in Hyrum last weekend.
/ Photo by Caresa Alexander
January 20, 2009 | The suspect in
Saturday's stabbing in Hyrum will be arraigned at 1
p.m. Tuesdasy in 1st District Court.
Rodolfo Rivas, 23, was arrested and
booked into the Cache County Jail Saturday. According
to documents filed at 1st District Court, Rivas was
arrested on counts of aggravated kidnapping, a 1st-degree
felony; homicide, a 1st-degree felony (although the
victim didn't die); and domestic violence in the presence
of a child, a class A misdemeanor. He was accused of
stabbing his girlfriend in the chest.
Chief Deputy Dave Bennett of the
Cache County Sherriff's Office said Rivas, the victim
and her son had recently moved to 454 Valley View Drive
in Hyrum where the incident took place. According to
Bennett, the victim wanted to leave the house with her
son, who is about 4 years old, but Rivas would not let
her go and that is when he stabbed her.
"Usually when there is a charge
of child abuse in a domestic violence it's because the
child is in the room or heard it or saw it or something,"
said Bennett. He did not think there was any physical
abuse to the boy, who may also be the son of Rivas.
Bennett said a call was received
from Logan Hospital at 11 a.m. Saturday informing law
enforcement of the incident. It was not known how the
victim got to the hospital, but she gave police a description
Several deputies and officers went
to the mobile home park to find him. What they didn't
realize was that Rivas had gone to the Logan police
"I don't know if anyone understood
why he went to the police station. They couldn't understand
him but when they saw his name on his ID card they just
booked him," Bennett said. Rivas was then taken
to Cache County Sheriff's Office where he was arrested
and booked into jail.
Rivas is in jail with no bail set
and on an INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service)
"He'll either be sentenced here
and go to prison or we'll just let INS take him,"
said Bennett. "Those kinds of deals are always
sketchy especially when you have illegals, both of them,
and it's hard to understand what they are trying to
say and they are afraid."
According to police the victim's
wounds weren't life threatening but she remains in Logan
hospital under observation. The child's grandfather
is currently caring for him.