Attempted homicide suspects apprehended in Iron County, booked into jail
(KUTV) -- Iron County Sheriff Deputies apprehended two suspects Sunday who were wanted in Washington County for attempted homicide.
Arrests of Kade Robert Shearer, 21, and Sasha Michelle Davis, 20, followed a manhunt that took place following a dispatch call Saturday of an assault at Dixie Regional Medical Center.
The male victim reported having been strangled, beaten with a hammer and tied up with rope by the suspects. The incident was determined to have taken place in an unincorporated area of Washington County outside St. George City limits in an area know as "Turkey Farm Road," a press release stated.
Upon arriving at the hospital, Washington County Sheriff Detectives observed injuries consistent with the victim's report. which also included ligature marks around his ankles, wrist and neck.
The victim, a 40-year-old St. George resident, reported to police that he had been invited to the area by Davis for "engaging in intimate relations."
After meeting with Davis in the remote location, the victim reported Shearer began assaulting him with a hammer.
The victim reported Davis used a stun gun on him and attempted to tie him up with rope, while being assaulted by Shearer, a press release said.
Davis and Shearer fled the area in a black Honda Accord, which was owned by the victim's friend. The friend then drove the victim to Dixie Regional Medical Center in the victim's vehicle. The victim was treated for numerous lacerations and bruises to his body resulting from the attack.
An attempt to locate was broadcast for Davis and Shearer in the Honda. Iron County Sheriff Deputy Jobe Peterson located the suspect vehicle south of Newcastle off Bench Road at approximately 8:15 a.m., Sunday.
Other deputies responded to the area and made contact with the unoccupied vehicle that was parked off and away from the Bench Road.
A search of the area began with assistance from Southern Utah University Aviation.
Information was later obtained that the suspects may be in or around Cedar City. Deputies and SUU Aviation responded to the general area to continue the search.
Deputy Peterson recalled a vehicle known to be associated with the suspect and began working to locate the vehicle and owner.
The owner was located and Peterson responded to the residence where the driver was reported to be located at 600 W. 1450 North
At approximately 12 noon Sunday, Deputy Peterson responded and talked with the driver where it was determined the suspects were hiding.
Deputies and Cedar City Police Officers assisted in containing the area. Once containment was completed, then K9 officers were deployed into the residence, the news release said.
Both subjects refused to comply with orders given by law enforcement and were apprehended by the K9 officers.
The male subject resisted further by trying to flee but was apprehended and taken into custody. Davis and Shearer were taken for medical treatment prior to being transferred to the custody of Washington County deputies.
Washington County Sheriff Detectives interviewed both suspects and learned the incident was likely pre-meditated.
Reports indicate Shearer had hidden in the trunk of a vehicle and waited for the victim to be alone with Davis in the victim's vehicle before initiating the attack.
The suspects are also believed to have taken the victim's cell phone and wallet to destroy evidence and prevent him from notifying police.
Investigators are working with Iron County investigators regarding reports that the suspects used the stolen credit cards at a Walmart in Cedar City.
Davis and Shearer were arrested and booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility and are being held on $50,000 cash only bail. They face the following charges:
- Aggravated Assault; a Third Degree Felony
- Aggravated Robbery; a Second Degree Felony
- Aggravated Kidnapping; a Second Degree Felony
- Threats against life; a Class B Misdemeanor
- Tampering with evidence; a Class A Misdemeanor