For the week of July 14, 1999  thru July 20, 1999  

Two arrested after assault at high school

Two teenagers were arrested on felony aggravated assault charges after allegedly entering Wood River High School to threaten a student with a knife and a bat.

According to Hailey Police Chief Jack Stoneback, Jose L. Dominguez, 18, and an unidentified 16-year-old male were taken into custody last Wednesday by Hailey police officers at The Meadows mobile home park south of Ketchum.

Stoneback said that according to witnesses and the 15-year-old victim, the two suspects arrived at the school shortly after noon allegedly to dissuade the victim from associating with Dominguez’ ex-girlfriend.

Stoneback said the juvenile suspect, armed with a baseball bat, was stopped and disarmed by a teacher after he entered the school’s science building. He said the teacher then called police.

Meanwhile, Stoneback said, Dominquez entered the science building by another door, found the victim and allegedly pulled out a butterfly knife, a type of pocket knife that can be flicked open. Stoneback said Dominguez allegedly threatened the victim and directed him to go outside.

At that point, Stoneback said, Dominquez heard that the police had been called and he left the building.

Stoneback said that just a few minutes later, Blaine County Sheriff’s deputies saw Dominguez’s car at The Meadows, based on a description of it from witnesses at the high school. He said the deputies notified the Hailey Police Department, which sent officers to arrest the two.

Stoneback said Dominguez was transported to Blaine County Jail and the juvenile suspect to the Snake River Juvenile Detention Facility in Twin Falls.

Dominguez was charged with aggravated assault and the juvenile with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, both felonies.


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