LOGAN — A 22-year-old Franklin, Idaho man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a Logan business owner outside his store last December. Baylen Stone Hyer was booked Sunday into the Cache County Jail after police were able to identify him from evidence collected at the scene.
According to an arrest affidavit, Logan City Police officers were called to the business on report of an assault Dec. 7. The alleged victim described how a group of male individuals had been acting disorderly and disruptive. As they left, they made vulgar statement towards some of the employees.
The alleged victim, who is the business manager, followed the group outside and told them to leave the premises. One member of the group, later identified as Hyer, engaged in a verbal altercation with the manger, refusing to leave and continuing to act verbally aggressive, the report stated.
As the incident continued, Hyer allegedly punched the manager in the face. The two engaged in a physical altercation, and the defendant reportedly wrapped his arm around the victim’s neck and strangled him to the point of unconsciousness.
Police report the incident was seen by multiple witnesses and captured on security video. Hyer was later identified by analyzing credit card information he had previously used at the business, the affidavit claimed.
Hyer was questioned by officers on Sunday. He admitted to participating in the incident at the business but claimed the manager had made “aggressive gestures and statements to him prior to the fight,” according to the report. He also acknowledged to punching and strangling the alleged victim to the point of unconsciousness.
Wednesday, Hyer was arraigned in 1st District Court. He was charged with aggravated assault, a second-degree felony; and criminal trespass, class B misdemeanor.
Hyer is being held in jail without bail. He could face up to 15 years in prison, if convicted.
Individuals arrested and charged in complaints are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.