St. George man booked for assault of Hurricane acquaintance

David J. Diaz Vega. Photo: Washington County

ST. GEORGE, Utah, Oct. 16, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A St. George man was taken into custody Sunday after investigators say he entered the residence of a Hurricane woman — an acquaintance who is more than twice his age — and assaulted her.

David Joseph Diaz Vega, 27, was booked into the Washington County Jail in connection with the assault of the 65-year-old woman. He is being held on suspicion of:

  • Forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony
  • Burglary, a second-degree felony
  • Intoxication, a class C misdemeanor

A probable cause statement in the case says that Diaz Vega was known to the woman.

“The female reported that David walked into the residence without being told that he could inside of the residence,” the statement says. “The female reported that David then sat on the living room floor and took his shoes and shirt off.”

The woman told investigators that Diaz Vega then attempted to pull down her shirt.

“The female said at this time she told David that he needs to leave and that he can not be there and that she does not want to be with him,” the statement says.

Diaz Vega left the house briefly, but re-entered the home and “was laying on her bed. When Officers made contact with David he was laying in the female’s bed. Officers could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from David.”

Diaz Vega told officers he had consumed alcohol about an hour prior, the statement says.

“At this time a officers read David his rights, and David told officers that he had messed up and that he was just on his way home and stopped by. David told officers that he did walk into the residence and give the female a hug and was telling her that he missed her. David told officers that he did touch the female on the thigh.”

Officers put Diaz Vega in cuffs, which they double locked, the statement says. Diaz Vega undid his seat belt several times, and ultimately was transported to jail. He is being held on $20,220 bail.


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