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Park City pilot, flight attendant arrested in 'love triangle' assault

PHOENIX — A US Airways pilot from Utah and a flight attendant from Arizona have been arrested following a "very, very violent attack" on the flight attendant's ex-husband.

Edward George Myer of Park City is accused of ambushing the 48-year-old man on Friday about 7 p.m. and severely beating him in the parking lot of Desert Vista High School, where the man is a volunteer baseball coach.

Myer had flattened a tire on the man's car to help facilitate the assault, according to Phoenix police detective James Holmes. The man was in the process of fixing the tire when Myer drove up and began to pummel him with his fists, Holmes said.

"No weapons, no dangerous instruments, just a very, very violent attack," the detective said. "He beat him pretty badly."

The coach suffered serious injuries to his face and a disfigured ear but was able to identify Myer as his attacker, Holmes said. The man told police he had been having problems with his ex-wife, Valerie Hayes, and Myer, whom he identified as Hayes' boyfriend. The two have been involved with one another for "quite a while," the victim told police.

The man told officers where his ex-wife lived and that he believed Myer was on his way to Sky Harbor Airport. Myer, a US Airways pilot, was detained by airport police as he tried to board a flight for Utah. He had injuries to his hands consistent with having been in a fight, Holmes said.

Officers also went to Hayes' Phoenix home and detained her. Holmes said subsequent interviews revealed that Myer and Hayes, a US Airways flight attendant, were angry with her ex-husband over his threat to tell Myer's wife about the pair's relationship.

"We learned that Mr. Myer and Ms. Hayes conspired for Mr. Myer to assault the victim," the detective said. Officers believe Hayes borrowed a friend's car for Myer to drive to the high school and provided him with information about where her ex-husband would be.

Hayes also drove Myer to the airport after the assault to help him "flee the state," Holmes said.

Myer, 50, was booked into the Maricopa County Jail for investigation of aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit assault. Hayes, 47, was also booked into jail for investigation of conspiracy to commit assault and facilitating an assault.

The case has been referred to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for formal charges.

A message left at Myer's Park City home Tuesday was not returned. US Airways spokesman Andrew J. Christie Jr. referred all questions about Myer and Hayes to Phoenix police.

Holmes said he spoke with the victim Monday and the man is "not in very good shape" emotionally. The man has custody of his four children with Hayes, Holmes said, and remains under a doctor's care, though he is expected to recover from his injuries.

"This is a made-for-TV movie — domestic violence, a love triangle, divorce, children involved, two separate families," Holmes said. "That's not something that we run into every day. At least not to this extent."


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