Arrest made in stabbing near St. George Temple

ST. GEORGE – The man suspected in a stabbing that occurred near the St. George Temple Monday afternoon was arrested Monday night. Robbie Doyle Arnold, 46, of St. George, was arrested by St. George Police after first lying to them about his identity.

Robbie Arnold, of St. George Utah. Booking photo posted Aug 5, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Robbie Arnold, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Aug 5, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

About 1:36 p.m. Monday, police responded to a report of a fight in progress about a block away from the LDS Temple. When police units responded, they found one man had been stabbed in the face and Arnold, the suspect, had fled.

“We were contacted by someone who reported seeing Arnold in the area of 781 N. Valley View Drive,” St. George Police Capt. Mike Giles said. “Officers responded to the area, saw him and made contact with him.”

Giles said Arnold provided a false name at first but later admitted to officers that he was Robbie Arnold.

Arnold was arrested and transported to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility. When he was searched at the facility, officers found a couple of razor blades in a small baggie.

Arnold was charged with aggravated assault, a third-degree felony; bringing a weapon into a secure facility, a third-degree felony; possessing drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor; false information to a police officer, a class C misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct resulting in a fight, an infraction.

Bail was set at $12,043, and as of the date of this publication Arnold is still in custody at the Purgatory Correctional Facility.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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  • northsidejcc August 5, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Why keep stating the fact that it was nearby the lds temple? Are you trying to tighten the grip that religion has on the state?

    • Kevin from Diego August 6, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Or maybe they stated it because that is the most known landmark in st. George and people now know exactly where it is? Maybe I’m looking way too deep into it…. Dumb a..*.
      *Ed. ellipses

    • Rachel August 6, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      The building stands out pretty well. I think it’s a pretty good landmark to explain where in St George this went down . Some people prefer vague explanations. I personally admire being informed of what area this happened in, via this article.

  • Magic Underoos August 5, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    What? There is no separation of church and state? You mean to tell me people here vote for whoever their bishop tells them to vote for? And the bishop gets his instructions from some other holier than thou individual from the Great Temple in Salt Lake? And people listen and abide? No way. I do not believe that for one minute. Next thing you will tell me is that they have no tolerance for blacks, gays, and the other 51% of the population, women. And they make money? And they run this place?

  • smartiepants August 7, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    So when did reporting a stabbing turn into attacking a religion? Regardless of whether or not you are LDS, the fact of the matter remains that the state of Utah was settled by pioneers who were seeking religious freedom. The city of St. George was founded by LDS pioneers who built a beautiful temple that remains as one of the highest and brightest landmarks in town. If you give directions via landmarks – as do many people (LDS or not) chances are you will end up using the temple as a reference point once-and-awhile. Why is this even a COMMENT? Oh and by the way…individuals who are LDS have their free agency and choose to make educated decision based upon their personal beliefs and relevant information.

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