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Felony Assault Charges Levied for Altercation
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393
The suspect in an assault that occurred June 28 in Grand Teton National Park made an appearance in federal court in Jackson, Wyoming on Monday, July 1, 2013. Vincent Hagey, 32, of Las Vegas, Nevada appeared before U.S. Magistrate James K. Lubing, and was charged with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm in violation of Title 18 USC § 113(a)(3), and one count of assault which resulted in serious bodily injury in violation of Title 18 USC § 113(a)(6). Both are felony charges.
These charges stem from an incident that occurred around 1:30 a.m. Friday, June 28, at an employee dormitory adjacent to Jackson Lake Lodge. Teton Interagency Dispatch Center received a call for help at 1:35 a.m. after Hagey reportedly stabbed a person in the abdomen during an altercation that took place in the early morning hours.
U.S. park rangers arrived shortly after the emergency call to investigate the reported altercation. Rangers subsequently took Hagey into custody. The victim was provided medical care on-scene by National Park Service emergency services personnel and transported by a park ambulance to St. John's Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming where he has since been released.
After his appearance in federal court, Hagey was detained. Hagey is currently being held at the Teton County jail pending other court decisions.
Special agents of the National Park Service's Investigative Services Branch are investigating the assault. Further details will become available as the case proceeds.
Incidents such as this are rare in Grand Teton National Park, and public safety—as well as the safety of employees—is taken seriously by park concessioners at all locations within the park.
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