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ST. GEORGE — A police officer on patrol Wednesday night in St. George rescued a woman who was being attacked in what police said appeared to be a domestic violence situation.
The officer was patrolling near 700 North and 1300 East about 11:20 p.m. when he heard a male screaming. A booking affidavit says the officer saw the man grab and shake the woman and hit her on the arms and face. The officer said when he called to the man to stop, the attack continued with the man pushing the woman and pinning her to the ground.
After seeing the officer, who had pulled out his taser, the man attempted to run away, the affidavit says. But he tripped over something on the ground and was caught by the officer.
The woman told the officer that she has been beaten up by the man for the last two years and that "she believed he was trying to kill her," the affidavit says. The woman also told him that the man had refused to leave the address when she asked on multiple occasions.
The man, identified by police as Kenneth Kimber, 45, was booked in jail by the Washington County Sheriff's Office and later charged with aggravated assault, a second-degree felony; criminal trespass, a class B misdemeanor; and failure to stop at the command of law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor.
The officer also found that Kimber had two active warrants for arrest, one of which was a no-bail warrant. Previous warrants included other instances of failure to stop at an officer's request and not showing up at court, so the officer requested that he not be allowed bail.
Kimber has previous felony convictions including drug use or possession charges in 2013, 2015 and 2018; theft of a firearm in 2013, and aggravated assault in 2018. He is currently on probation for some of these convictions.