Suspects booked on felony assault charges

CEDAR CITY – Two suspects were booked into the Purgatory Correctional Facility Sunday evening after allegedly beating a man with a hammer.

Kade Robert Shearer, 21, and Sasha Michelle Davis, 20, were booked on a third-degree felony for aggravated assault and two second-degree felonies for aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping. There were also additional misdemeanor charges for threats against life and tampering with evidence.

According to a news release issued by Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George Police were dispatched to Dixie Regional Medical Center at around 10:40 p.m. Saturday on a report of an assault.

The 40-year-old victim told authorities he had been strangled, beaten with a hammer and tied up with a rope by the suspects, the news release stated.

Police determined the incident took place in an unincorporated area of Washington County outside St. George City limits in an area known as “Turkey Farm Road.” Detectives with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were then dispatched to continue the investigation.

Upon arriving at the hospital, detectives observed multiple injuries consistent with the victim’s report, which also included ligature marks around his ankles, wrist and neck, the news release detailed.

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The resident of St. George told police he had been invited to the area by Davis. According to the news release, the victim believed the encounter was organized to engage in intimate relations and drove to the arranged area with another acquaintance.

After meeting Davis in the remote location, the victim alleged Shearer began assaulting him with a hammer. Davis then allegedly used a stun gun on him and attempted to tie him up with a rope, while Shearer continued to assault him.

The two suspects fled the area in a black Honda Accord passenger car, which was owned by the victim’s friend, according to the news release.

The friend then used the victim’s vehicle to drive the victim to the hospital where he was treated for numerous lacerations and bruises to his body.

The suspects were located Sunday afternoon in Cedar City where they were taken into custody by Iron County Sheriff deputies and Cedar City police after being apprehended by police K-9s. They were then treated at Cedar City Hospital for dog bites and later transported to the county line released to Washington County Sheriff deputies.

While interviewing the suspects, Washington County Sheriff detectives learned the incident was likely premeditated.

“Reports indicate Shearer had hidden in the trunk of a vehicle and waited for the victim to be alone with Davis in the victim’s vehicle before initiating the attack,” according to the news release.

The suspects are also believed to have taken the victim’s cell phone and wallet in order to allegedly destroy evidence and prevent him from notifying the police.

Investigators are currently working with Iron County authorities regarding reports the suspects allegedly used the stolen credit cards at Cedar City Walmart.

Both Davis and Shearer are being held on $50,000 cash-only bail. Shearer also had additional warrants for his arrest based on unrelated incidents. The investigation is still ongoing and additional charges may be filed at a later date.

Utah Highway Patrol, WCSO, ICSO, SGPD, CCPD and Southern Utah Aviation all assisted in this incident.

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