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St. George youth goes on rampage after Xbox turned off
Off his meds? » 19-year-old admits to destructive spree, says he’d skipped his pills.
First Published Mar 25 2014 07:33 am • Last Updated Mar 25 2014 12:17 pm

A 19-year-old St. George man says he was off his meds when he flew into a rage after his step-dad turned off his Xbox gaming system.

Police aren’t sure about the meds — anti-anxiety and anti-depressant drugs the man says he had skipped for a couple days — but they will testify to the destructive rampage.

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In the wake of the March 20 incident at a home near 2200 West and 1100 North, the screaming man allegedly threw remote controls and then used his fists, a knife and a car to trash his stepfather’s garage, and his $40,000, customized Harley Davidson FLF motorcycle, before driving off.

In a probable cause statement, St. George police Officer David McDaniel said the stepfather went to a neighbor’s house to call 911. The stepfather told police he had first asked his stepson to turn off the Xbox and TV, and then acted himself when the youth refused.

Police located the suspect at a friend’s home in neighboring Ivins. After being advised of his Miranda rights, the suspect admitted to having "acted out," and told officers he had "done everything on purpose," though he thought having skipped his meds "assisted" in his flying into a rage.

He was arrested without further incident and booked into Washington County Jail on suspicion of second-degree felony criminal mischief and destruction of property and class B misdemeanor counts of assault and failure to remain at the scene of an accident.

Jail records show he posted $5,000 bail Monday night and was released pending future court appearances.


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