Man allegedly assaults wife in front of child at Salt Lake International Airport

Yukiharo Kuroki. Photo Courtesy: Salt Lake County Jail

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Aug. 11, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A California man allegedly assaulted his wife in the Salt Lake International Airport in front of their young child on Friday.

A probable cause statement from the 3rd District Court of Salt Lake County said Yukiharo Kuroki, 40, is facing charges of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony; child abuse/neglect, a class B misdemeanor; and domestic violence in the presence of a child, also a class B misdemeanor.

The probable cause statement said the suspect and his wife, who have been married for 11 years and have a 2-year-old son, arrived at the Salt Lake City International Airport Friday on a family vacation.

“While at the airport, the family missed a connecting flight and elected to rent a vehicle for the remainder of the family vacation,” the probable cause statement said. “The A/P (accused person) became upset with his wife for a minor disagreement over the rental vehicle and luggage.

Kuroki allegedly grabbed his wife by her throat using both hands as she was holding their child in her arms, the statement said.

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“The A/P then grasped around his wife’s throat and shook her rapidly which caused her to fall to the ground as she was carrying the child,” the statement said. “The wife and the child then fell to the floor striking the ground as the wife was attempting to guard the child from making contact with the ground. Surrounding patrons at the airport interceded to ensure that no further acts of physical violence would occur.”

Law enforcement officials responded to the scene and Kuroki was taken into custody without incident.

His wife sustained minor redness to her neck and throat but no other significant injuries from the assault. The wife and child were assessed by medical personnel and cleared medically.

Kuroki was charged with child abuse because his wife was holding their child when she was allegedly assaulted.

A criminal history was completed on the suspect and no previous acts of assault were found.

Kuroki was transported to the Salt Lake County Jail with his bail set at $10,000.

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