Charges: Group stomps on man's foot, resulting in partial amputation

Charges: Group stomps on man's foot, resulting in partial amputation

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SALT LAKE CITY — Three people are facing criminal charges after allegedly assaulting a man so badly that part of his foot had to be amputated.

Anthony Esequiel Rios, 32, Rosemary Jean Rios, 19, and Victor Dale Lujan, 19, all listed as addresses unknown, were each charged in 3rd District Court with aggravated assault, a first-degree felony; and domestic violence in the presence of a child, a third-degree felony.

Lujan and Rosemary Rios also received an additional charge of assault, a class B misdemeanor, court records state.

In September, a man reported to police that his brother, sister and sister’s boyfriend attacked him while he was unloading items from his car at Liberty Park, according to charging documents.

Lujan approached the victim and said, “You want to talk all that (expletive) on Facebook ...” before hitting him in the face, the charges state. The victim tried to defend himself by hitting Lujan with a metal pole, the charges state.

That's when one of the defendants put the man in a chokehold while the others punched him, according to charging documents. The group grabbed the metal pole and hit the victim in the head with it, the charges state, and then stomped on his feet 20 to 30 times.

The victim is diabetic and previously had portions of his feet amputated, according to charging documents. The man told investigators that his alleged attackers knew of his condition.

In October, the man went to the hospital because one of his feet was not healing from the attack; doctors discovered small fractures and an infection.

“(He) required a transmetatarsal amputation to remove the infectious parts of his foot which were life-threatening,” the charges state.

The man’s other sister was also in the car along with her 2-year-old child. The other sister tried to help but was also hit by the group, the charges state.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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