charged with attacking
Express Staff Writer
Hailey residents were arrested for battery last week after they
allegedly attacked a man and his young daughter when they rode a
motorcycle into what they said was their deer hunting area.
County Sheriff Walt Femling said Robin Atwood, 33, Randy Atwood, 42, and
William Ellinger, 41, were arrested at the Atwoods’ apartment in
Balmoral on the basis of a description of their vehicle supplied by the
said the incident occurred about 7 p.m. on Oct. 17 on a dirt road east
of Countryside Boulevard in Woodside. He said Douglas Cooper, 39, was
riding a dirt bike with his daughter, Haley Cooper, 7, on the back, when
he came up on a green Chevrolet Blazer, driving very slowly.
told sheriff’s deputies that someone in the Blazer began waving, which
he took to be a signal to pass. As he did so, however, the vehicle began
to accelerate, and Cooper speeded up as well to get by. However, the
road narrowed and he was forced to drive off it to avoid colliding with
the Blazer. The motorcycle hit a rock, throwing both riders over the
reported that the Blazer stopped and Randy Atwood and Ellinger got out.
They allegedly told Cooper to remove his helmet so they could beat him
up. He declined the request, but the two hit him six to eight times in
the face anyway, he told police. At that point, Haley Cooper ran and hid
behind a large rock.
reported that the two men told him he had ruined their deer hunting
spot, and threatened to get their rifles from the vehicle. Cooper
apologized, retrieved his daughter and got back on his motorcycle to
leave. He reported that the men hit him two more times before he was
able to do so.
gave the Blaine County dispatcher a description of the Blazer as well as
its license number. Femling said deputies found the vehicle in the
Balmoral parking lot the next day, but did not locate its occupants
until that Tuesday.
Atwood was allegedly driving the Blazer at the time of the incident. She
may face a felony charge of aggravated battery if authorities decide she
appeared to have forced the Coopers off the road intentionally.
are still working with the prosecutor to determine the charges that will
be filed," Femling said. "Certainly we have misdemeanor
are taking this very seriously. During hunting season, people have a
right to go riding their motorcycles or mountain bikes or walking their
dogs without being confronted or intimidated."