Provo man arrested for allegedly trying to cut woman’s fingers off

Johnathan Pilar Sauceda. Photo Courtesy: Utah County

UTAH COUNTY, Utah, Feb. 19, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A Provo man has been arrested after he allegedly tried to cut a woman’s fingers off during an altercation.

A probable cause statement from Utah County said Johnathan Pilar Sauceda, 25, is facing charges of third-degree felony possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, third-degree felony domestic violence in the presence of a child, third-degree felony aggravated assault, class B misdemeanor use or possession of drug paraphernalia and class B misdemeanor criminal mischief.

Provo police officials responded to a report of domestic violence Friday in which the victim reported that her “friend” assaulted her and then tried to cut her fingers off with a kitchen knife, the statement said. The suspect then fled on a bike, but then was located and detained.

“She reported that she and her friend, who she has previously been in an intimate relationship with and has a child with, were talking in her kitchen of her home when they got into a verbal and physical altercation,” the statement said.

“She reported that he grabbed her by the arm and pushed her up against the kitchen counter. While he held her against the counter, he grabbed a kitchen knife and put the knife against two of her fingers causing lacerations to the fingers.”

She pushed him away and he held the knife facing towards him, the statement said. She then told him she was going to call authorities and he ran out of the house, took her bike and left.

The victim reported that during the altercation, the suspect broke her iPhone. Also, the victim’s daughter was in the living room which is attached to the kitchen where the event occurred.

Sauceda is a convicted felon with three active arrest warrants, officials said. Officers located him in the area, and he was in possession of a fixed blade hunting-style knife which is prohibited for him and a glass pipe that is used for smoking methamphetamine.

The suspect declined to speak to the arresting officer without a lawyer present, but did show the arresting officer the location of the kitchen knife allegedly used. It was under the outside shed from which he took the victim’s bike.

Sauceda was booked into Utah County Jail with his bail set at $30,000.


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