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Man allegedly gouged victim’s eyes for being with his ex-girlfriend, northern Utah police say

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NORTH PARK, Cache County — A man accused of severely beating another man who was with his ex-girlfriend and then continued to fight with police after they arrived was formally charged on Monday.

Daniel Gene Heyworth, 20, was charged in 1st District Court with aggravated assault, a third-degree felony; four counts of assault on a police officer, a class A misdemeanor; interfering with an arrest, a class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor.

Friday night, police were called to a fight in progress and as officers arrived, Heyworth put his hands in the air and walked away from the victim who was on the sidewalk, according to a police affidavit.

At least one officer pointed a Taser at Heyworth, who complied with police orders to get on his knees and put his hands behind his back but continued to yell profanities at officers, the affidavit states. As an officer attempted to place Heyworth in handcuffs, he attempted to spit blood on one officer, kicked another and caused minor injuries to two others, according to the affidavit.

“This was nothing compared to the injuries the victim received from Daniel,” the affidavit noted. “Daniel pushed the victim to the floor, punched and kicked him, spit on him, gouged the victim’s eyes to the point of blood oozing out, gave the victim a bloody nose and Daniel bit the victim’s arm to the point of blood drawn from the bite. The victim was aggressively attacked to the point he lost consciousness ... Daniel made comments about being able to kill the victim had he not been stopped.”

According to the affidavit, Heyworth attacked the man “for being with his ex-girlfriend.”