Contributed Photo/Courtesy GCSO: Kyle Vigil was arrested and booked into jail on charges of trespassing and aggravated assault.
By Jon Johnson
SAFFORD – An intoxicated man was incarcerated for trespassing and aggravated assault when he returned to a bar after being asked to leave and tussled with law enforcement.
On Dec. 19, Kyle Vigil was arrested and booked into the Graham County Adult Detention Facility on charges of trespassing and aggravated assault on a police officer.
According to Safford Police reports, officers were initially dispatched at about 12:26 a.m. to Shane’s Place at 609 S. 6th Ave. regarding an assault victim who was unconscious inside the bar.
Upon arrival, officers located a victim lying on his back near the Juke Box, unconscious and unresponsive, with blood near his head and swelling near his head. As paramedics with Lifeline Ambulance arrived to treat the injured person, Vigil was escorted from the bar by a bouncer.
A short while later, after the injured person was placed on a gurney and was being prepared to be transported to the Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center (MGRMC), officers witnessed Vigil allegedly attack a bouncer.
According to a report, Vigil was seen pushing the bouncer and attempt to strike his face/head area, while the bouncer raised his hands in an apparent attempt to protect himself from the attack.
At that time, an officer intervened, however, Vigil allegedly continued to attempt to assault the bouncer, which led the officer to physically take Vigil to the ground. The officer reported Vigil then struggled with him and grabbed his duty belt and leg. The officer then struck Vigil with “closed fist strikes” to his face and another officer assisted by striking Vigil with an elbow as Vigil continued to resist being taken into custody. The officers then took control of Vigil’s arms and placed him into handcuffs.
While the bouncer declined to press charges for assault, the bar owner advised he would press charges for trespassing since Vigil returned to the bar after being removed from the establishment. Vigil was also charged with aggravated assault on a police officer.
Upon arrival at the jail, Vigil blew a breath/alcohol concentration of .290 and had to be taken to MGRMC first to gain medical clearance. Afterward, he was returned to jail and booked on his above-listed charges.