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Man arrested in assault on his girlfriend's friend

PROVO — A man who eluded police after attacking his girlfriend's date with a bat is now in the Utah County Jail, police say.

The man, 24, who just got out of jail, had discovered his girlfriend had been seeing another man, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in 4th District Court.

He threatened the man during a phone call and on Sept. 25 went to the other man's house near 2600 W. 800 North with two of his friends, all wearing blue bandanas over their faces, according to the affidavit.

Police say the recent jail releasee then hit the victim with a baseball bat before the man could shut and lock the door.

Another man in a bandana began kicking the door and broke off the molding as well as smashed a window with a golf club, according to the affidavit.

The victim was taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center to get 14 stitches in his head. Police couldn't find the attackers that night, however.

The man was found Tuesday after police investigated several auto burglaries they thought were linked to the bat-wielding, jealous boyfriend, according to the affidavit.

Officers say they tracked the man to a hotel room, where they found him with several firearms, which he said he got by trading drugs.

Nearly $1,000 in stolen items were found in the room, including a laptop, gift cards and credit cards.

The Provo man was booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation of aggravated assault with weapon and gang enhancements as well as possession of a firearm by a restricted person and possession of stolen property. He is being held on $25,000 cash-only bail.