McDonald’s in Cedar City, Utah on October 26, 2021 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News
CITY OF CEDAR – A 27-year-old man who was traveling in southern Utah managed to get himself arrested twice in two different counties several days in a row.
According to a probable cause statement filed in support of the first arrest, Makoti Moses Fox was arrested by Beaver County Sheriff’s Deputies on Monday evening following a disturbance at a motel in Milford.
In this incident, a motel maid called the police shortly after 7:30 p.m. to report that a guest was still there, hours after they should have left their room.
The guest, who has been identified as Fox, reportedly refused to open the door for officers, who then kicked the door open and handcuffed him.
Fox then began to “act strangely,” according to the prosecution documents. He allegedly told officers he was “going down” to get high. He also became combative and rolled on the ground and attempted to kick the officer who had arrested him, the statement said.
Inside the motel room, officers reportedly found a packet of four Red Bull energy drinks that were allegedly stolen from a nearby gas station shortly before the incident. One of the four cans was empty and another had been partially consumed, the loading documents state.
After being assessed at a local hospital, Fox was subsequently incarcerated in Beaver County Jail on suspicion of theft and criminal trespass, two Class B misdemeanors, in addition to one count of assaulting a police officer. peace, a Class A misdemeanor. The time of the reservation is indicated on the billing documents as Tuesday at 1:19 am.
Fox didn’t stay in Beaver for long, as he eventually ran into more trouble later that same day, about 50 miles to the south.
Around 9 p.m. Tuesday inside the McDonald’s restaurant in Cedar City, Fox allegedly seized an unknown amount of money from the hand of an employee who was giving change to a customer. He then ran across the street to a convenience store, where police then arrested him, the second probable cause statement says.
Although apparently unarmed at the time of the incident, Fox was still incarcerated in the Iron County Jail Tuesday night on suspicion of robbery, a second-degree felony, due to his alleged use of “Strength and fear” as he took the money. The action also allegedly injured the employee’s hands, causing pain and discomfort, the prosecution documents say.
According to the robbery charge that was filed in 5th District Court Thursday morning, Fox is a resident of Spokane, Washington.
Fox first appeared in court Thursday afternoon before 5th District Judge Ann Marie McIff Allen. Prosecutors argued that Fox’s recent alleged behavior, as well as his lack of ties to the region, made him likely to flee and / or commit other crimes if released. The court agreed and ordered that he be held without bond in the Iron County Jail. His next court appearance is a status hearing on November 1.
Ed. Note: A new Utah law generally prohibits posting of arrest reservation photos until a conviction is obtained.
This report is based on statements from court documents and law enforcement officials and may not contain all of the findings. Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty by a court or as otherwise decided by a trier of fact.
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