Suspect who assaulted man in home burglary arrested after leaving behind his shoes and cell phone

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PROVO, Utah (ABC4 News) – A suspect in a Provo home burglary and assault of the homeowner was arrested after police discovered he left his cell phone behind. 

According to arresting documents, police responded to a report of a home burglary on Feb. 5. The homeowner said he was in the basement when he heard footsteps on the main floor so he grabbed a carving fork and went upstairs.

Once upstairs, he found man in his kitchen who was wearing all dark clothing. The victim chased the suspect as he ran out the back door and jumped over two vinyl fences, documents state. 

Police said the victim told them he caught up to the suspect and tackled him. During a struggle, the suspect grabbed the carving fork from the victim and began pushing it into the victim’s chest.

The suspect ultimately ran away with the carving fork but left behind his shoes, a glove and his cell phone. 

Police were able to determine the phone belonged to Dametris Martin Graham, 29.

Graham also matches the description of the individual the victim gave to police. Graham has a history of burglary and theft both in Utah and other states.

Graham was booked into the Utah County Jail for first-degree felony aggravated burglary, third-degree aggravated assault, misdemeanor criminal mischief, and theft for stealing a hat, a jar of change, and the carving fork. 

A Utah records check of Graham shows he was found guilty of third-degree felony attempted money laundering and unlawful acquisition of a transfer card in May 2018. When as an employee at 7-Eleven, he loaded $1150 worth of prepaid debits cards without paying for them.  

He was also convicted in April 2018 for third-degree money laundering and theft when charging documents state he was caught using stolen credit cards to purchase prepaid cards from Walmart and Maceys. 

According to court documents, Graham was convicted of third-degree burglary and theft after police found him and another transient residing in a vacant home that was up for sale.  

The victim sustained minor injuries from the altercation.

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