Sunday, April 3, 2011

Two White Teens Allegedly Jumped And Beaten By a Dozen Polynesians Near LDS Chapel In Taylorsville, Utah; Similarities To The D.J. Bell Case

On April 2nd, 2011, KSTU Channel 13 reports that two White teens were allegedly jumped and beaten by an estimated dozen males near an LDS chapel adjacent to the Taylorsville City Softball complex in the Salt Lake Valley. One must both read the print story and watch the news video to get the whole story; the suspected racial identity of the attackers as Polynesian is not revealed until the tail end of the video. I found a YouTube version of Channel 13's video, which is a bit easier to work with; video embedded below:

Justin Bonner was one of the teens attacked, and he spoke for both victims. He said they were jogging through the softball complex on Wednesday March 30th when they were suddenly confronted by the twelve attackers, who were identified as hanging around the parking lot of the adjacent LDS chapel. Initially the confrontation was verbal; apparently the attackers thought the teens were talking trash about them, but when the two teens tried to run away, they were caught and given a beatdown.

Both teens were eventually taken to the hospital. While Bonner was primarily bloodied and bruised, his friend, who is considerably lighter in weight and more slender, suffered a broken face and various other fractures. Some of the attackers were reported to have escaped in a vehicle described as a white Chrysler or Dodge, possibly a Charger, with a partial plate number of 242.

The fact that the attackers were hanging around the parking lot of an LDS chapel is not necessarily indicative that they actually belonged there or are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That remains to be determined and proven.

If this went down the way it's been reported, it sounds highly reminiscent of the D.J. Bell case. In that case, Polynesians overreacted to a perceived slight by Bell and his housemate Dan Fair, invaded and trashed their home, and beat them to within an inch of their lives. However, the perpetrators must be found to confirm their identities and resolve these questions. That's why Taylorsville police want for anyone who can help resolve this case to call them at 801-743-7000.

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