Man arrested after allegedly smacking former tenant ‘upside the head’

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HURRICANE – A 49-year-old man was arrested on burglary charges Friday after he allegedly punched a woman in the face and went into her home.

Officers responded to a Hurricane residence on a report of an assault, Hurricane City Police Officer Troy Hall said in a probable cause statement supporting the arrest. Officers spoke with a woman who said Robert Darren Lawson arrived at her residence and punched her in the nose while forcing his way into the front entry of her home and then fled the scene.

Robert Darren Lawson, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, booking photo posted Sept. 26, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News
Robert Darren Lawson, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, booking photo posted Sept. 26, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News

LaVerkin officers located Lawson and questioned him, Hall said in the statement. Lawson admitted to going to the woman’s residence and confronting her at the front door.

“I asked (Lawson) what he did,” Hall said, “and he stated he ‘smacked her upside the head.’”

Lawson told officers he previously rented his residence in LaVerkin to the woman and returned Friday to find it “extremely damaged.”

“(Lawson) stated he ‘let his emotions get the best of him’ and drove to her new residence and confronted her,” Hall said in the statement. “(Lawson) stated he messed up when he went to (the woman’s) residence and assaulted her.”

Lawson was arrested and charged with one second-degree felony for burglary because he entered the residence with the intent to commit an assault on the woman. He was booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility with his bail set at $10,000. According to booking information, he has been released from custody.

Lawson is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Oct. 3.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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  • Koolaid September 28, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Just a woman. Aren’t they just fodder in these parts, secondary to… well, about everything?

  • talldolldi September 28, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Hitting another person is never right. But as a property owner/ landlord, I sure feel his frustrations. It’s hard to see what you’ve worked so hard for only to be destroyed by another!

  • Zonkerb September 28, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Considering most of the landlords don’t even live here and the ones that do are nothing but slumlords

    • LDSexy September 29, 2014 at 7:46 am

      You got that one right! Mine is one of the biggest slumlords in Washington County! Wants his money, but won’t do anything unless he’s threatened with legal action!

  • Missy September 29, 2014 at 6:19 am

    I’ve felt this way on many occasions, but the jail outfits aren’t my colors. It is upsetting when people destroy your home and you’re left with thousands in repair costs.

    • Cali Girl September 29, 2014 at 7:43 am

      That’s what insurance is for….

      • Missy September 29, 2014 at 8:16 am

        Wow. You haven’t had much experience with insurance premiums and there is no excuse for destroying another person’s home.

        • Koolaid September 29, 2014 at 11:10 am

          Idiot tenants are the reason why landlords want high security deposits and first and last month rent. Even then, the destructive tenants do more damage than what the security deposit covers. And if their dogs and cats urinate and crap everywhere, you either got to replace the carpet or get a professional cleaner in there.

      • Panda September 29, 2014 at 10:45 am

        Most insurance will not cover tenant damage. It will cover vandalism, but most of the time tenant damage is not considered vandalism. Typically the only way to get the money to pay for tenant damage is to take them to court, and then if they file bankruptcy your out of luck.

  • happy4you September 29, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Maybe she needed a little smack! Seriously! Dont go crazy over this comment, Im just saying sometimes… everyone needs a little smack. She would be treated decent if she behaved decent.

    • sagemoon September 29, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      *sighing and shaking my head*

  • happy4you September 29, 2014 at 6:28 am

    Also, ladybug, are you already working on a fundraiser? someone has too.

    • ladybugavenger September 29, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      Medical bills are piled up, I need a fundraiser…#fundraiser

    • Coprqwn September 29, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Ladybugavenger can always be counted on for a fundraiser!

  • Bobber September 29, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I was managing several rental properties at one time. We always had problems with tenants damaging the rentals beyond the value of the deposit. I think the biggest cause is that they would move in a bunch of people that weren’t named on the lease and it is hard on a property having multiple families in a single family unit. Pets and children did much of the damage. In a low wage area like this is can be difficult to find good tenants…

  • cranky September 29, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    second degree burglary has nothing to do with what this guy did.

    • ladybugavenger September 29, 2014 at 2:26 pm


      • Coprqwn September 29, 2014 at 4:54 pm

        LOL! Fundraiser!! You’re crazy, Ladybug!

  • cranky September 29, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    second degree burglary has nothing to do with what this guy did. What this town
    needs are some good defense attorney’s

  • themomma September 29, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Wow people these days….. First of all let me clear this all up for all those who thinks she deserved this. First of all the landlord was a slum lord the floors in the home were caving in the roof was caving in and they have been for the last 2 yrs and he would never come and fix the problems with the home and expected them to be responsible for the damages they had no control over ( which they had fixed alot of things and he never reversed them on anything) which was the landlord responsibility to maintain the residents up to utah state renting laws and did not. The home should be condemned really if the floor and the roof is falling in than the TRAILER is not livable period.. Second of all no man should ever come to someone home and hit a women no matter what or for what reason.. This man came to the resident at 12:00 am pounded on the door with only shorts that appeared to look like boxers and punch this women in the noise why her 9 yr old daughter was right there watching and was trying to shove the mother to enter the residents.. So how the hell can anyone state that this mother or child deserved any of this!!! PEOPLE GET REAL

  • themomma September 29, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Allyn Cavoulas – 76-6-202. Burglary.
    (1) An actor is guilty of burglary who enters or remains unlawfully in a building or any portion of a building with intent to commit:
    (a) a felony;
    (b) theft;
    (c) an assault on any person;
    (d) lewdness, a violation of Section 76-9-702;
    (e) sexual battery, a violation of Section 76-9-702.1;
    (f) lewdness involving a child, in violation of Section 76-9-702.5; or
    (g) voyeurism under Section 76-9-702.7.
    (2) Burglary is a third degree felony unless it was committed in a dwelling, in which event it is a second degree felony.
    (3) A violation of this section is a separate offense from any of the offenses listed in Subsections (1)(a) through (g), and which may be committed by the actor while in the building.

  • happy4you September 29, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    fundraiser for both? seroiusly people, we need to have a fundraiser.

  • JR September 30, 2014 at 3:34 pm


  • BobtheBlob September 30, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Boo woo! So she got punched in the nose, big deal. It’s not like he broke it or anything. Even if he did, I’m sure a nose job would still cost less than the damage she caused to the house. Side note: TheMomma, why in the HELL was a 9 yr old child awake at 12:00?

  • themomma October 1, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Her daughter wasn’t awake until someone decide to beat on her door!! Its funny the slandering lies that you all are putting up!! They paid every bit of there rent!! They are not drug people nor have the police ever been to there house or been in trouble for any drugs!! So quite lying on my sister. To make up for everything you have done.. very immature.. grow up!!!

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