SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, May 29, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Police officers had to put in an emergency call for help when an unruly crowd at a skatepark attacked them Tuesday night.
Salt Lake City Police Lt. Russ Amott said the officers were attempting to make an arrest at Fairmont Skatepark, 2200 S. 900 East, a popular gathering place for adults and juveniles.
The incident happened a little after 8:30 p.m.
“As they went to make the arrest, a large crowd came up and attacked the officers and tried to stop them from making the arrest,” Amott said.
The patrol officers radioed for help and police responded from throughout the Salt Lake Valley.
Joseph Christiansen, 25, has been booked into jail for assault of a police officer, interference, failure to disperse and possession of a controlled substance.
A juvenile suspect was booked into juvenile detention for resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.
Both officers sustained minor scrapes and were cleared medically.
Asked if such an incident is unusual at Fairmont, Amott said, “We haven’t had big issues like this, but we have a lot of the small stuff on a regular basis.”
“All ages come down to use the park,” he said, “usually for legitimate purposes, but every once in awhile, something goes bad.”
SLCPD would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information that may help police locate the others who were involved in the assault on the officers.
To make a report, call 801-799-3000. Anonymous tips may be sent by text to 274637. Please start the text with TIPSLCPD, which routes it to the police department. Then include any relevant information.