On Saturday January 5th, 2007, a 12-year-old boy was beaten with a baseball bat and stabbed in the back multiple times at a park in St. George, Utah. And St. George police now say the attack was gang-related. This post combines stories from the St. George Spectrum, the Salt Lake Tribune, and the Deseret Morning News to provide a more complete perspective.
The attack took place approximately 7:45 P.M. at Dixie Downs Park, located on the 1000 North block of 1800 West. The victim was with a girl when he was suddenly jumped from behind by an estimated 5-6 Hispanics with bandannas on their faces. They kicked him, beat him with the bat, and stabbed him multiple times. The girl ran for help and was not injured. Afterwards, they jumped into an unidentified dark-colored SUV and drove off. Although the victim may have suffered a punctured lung, his injuries are said to be not life-threatening. The victim also told police he did not recognize the voices of his attackers.
Lt. Kyle Whitehead of the St. George Police Department said the name of a local gang was mentioned during the attack, and Whitehead said the Hispanic gang is part of the Sureno 13 gang. According to Lt. Whitehead, the victim denies any gang involvement, but admits that some of his friends may be involved with gangs. The ethnicity of the victim was not reported.
As of Sunday evening (January 6th), police didn't have any further information and no arrests had been made. Whitehead said the incident is still under investigation.
Anyone who may have information about the incident is asked to contact St. George Police Detective Jon McInnes at 435-627-4300.