Woman arrested after alleged assault of Maverik Center employees, officers, jail staff member

Brittany Marie Vigil. Photo Courtesy: Salt Lake County

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, Feb. 18, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A woman is facing a charge of third-degree felony aggravated assault after she allegedly assaulted Maverik Center employees, officers and a jail staff member.

A probable cause statement from the 3rd District Court of Salt Lake County said Brittany Marie Vigil, 29, is also facing charges of third-degree felony damage of a jail, third-degree felony assault by a prisoner, class A misdemeanor assault on a peace officer, class B misdemeanor assault, class C misdemeanor intoxication and infraction disorderly conduct.

The arresting officer wrote in the probable cause statement: “While working as security guard at the Maverik Center, I was asked for my assistance by the Maverik Center employees with a female who had assaulted a vendor. Once I apprehended the female, I approached her and told her to stop. The defendant was yelling at the time and was rambling about things that did not make sense.”

The arresting officer said she smelled alcohol on the woman, later identified as Vigil.

“When I asked her how much she had to drink she told me ‘as much as you,'” the probable cause statement goes on. “While standing with the defendant and awaiting further information from the Maverik employees, the defendant became physically and verbally aggressive with me and my backing officer. I then attempted to place the defendant into handcuffs, which is when she physically resisted and forced me to take her to the ground.”

The woman was then placed in handcuffs, and began kicking at the arresting officer, striking the officer multiple times in the legs.

“I was then told by the Maverik center employees that the defendant had thrown a pretzel machine at a vendor in an attempt to hit her, and when approached, fled on foot,” the statement went on. “While attempting to apprehend the defendant, another three other Maverik employees were pushed by the defendant.”

Three officers then escorted Vigil to a patrol car.

“Before entering the patrol car, the defendant kicked the rear passenger door in an attempt to avoid placement, and dented the door,” the statement said. “Once at jail, the defendant was asked to step out of the vehicle by jail staff. While exiting the vehicle, the defendant kicked one of the jail staff in the groin area while being verbally aggressive. Due to the defendant’s actions at jail, she had to be restrained with shackles and escorted in a wheelchair to avoid further confrontation.”

Vigil was transported to the Salt Lake County Jail. Her bail has been set at $15,000.


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