TOOELE, Utah (ABC4) — The victim has been identified as James Stockmoe, 60, from Tooele City.
TOOELE, Utah (ABC4) — A man has been arrested on Thursday, Nov. 17, after being accused of beating and murdering his 60-year-old roommate in their basement apartment near Date St. and 3rd St.
Richard Perales, 55, is facing charges of first-degree murder, second-degree aggravated assault and third-degree domestic violence in the presence of a child. He has been booked into the Tooele County Detention Center without bail.
Around 2:30 a.m., Tooele City Police Department officers responded to a 911 call they received from a woman who said her boyfriend was unconscious and not breathing in his living room. The woman told dispatchers he looked like he “got the sh*t beat out of him.”
First responders attempted life-saving measures upon arrival, but the man succumbed to his injuries and died. The responding officer stated in the affidavit that the man suffered severe head and facial injuries, particularly on the left side of his face.
Officers found another man, later identified as Perales, sleeping in another room. Detectives noticed red stains which appeared to be blood on his sweatpants. His shoes with yellow soles had blood on the bottom and top as well.
A teen in an upper unit heard the assault and identified Perales’ voice as the person involved.
After a few rounds of questioning, Perales told detectives that he remembered coming home from the bar, hearing the victim “talking negatively” about his mother and calling him derogatory names.
Perales allegedly admitted to backhanding the victim but could not recall what happened after that.
Police stated in the probable cause document that Perales has a warrant out of Riverside County, Calif., which he has evaded since 2014.
“Usually, we’re a pretty safe community,” said Cpl. Colbey Bentley from TCPD. “Having two homicides within three or four months of each other is significant for us.”
ORIGINAL STORY: Tooele man, 55, faces murder and assault charges
Nov 17, 2022 / 03:12 PM MST
TOOELE, Utah (ABC4) — A man has been booked into the Tooele County Detention Center on Thursday, Nov. 17, in connection with the death of another man.
Tooele City Police Department officers responded to a call about an unresponsive 60-year-old man in the area of Date St. and 3rd St. around 2:30 a.m. today. They attempted to implement life-saving measures upon their arrival, but the man succumbed to his injuries and died.
The investigations unit, in collaboration with the state crime lab, is approaching this case as a homicide due to the extent of injuries the man suffered.
Police arrested Richard Perales, 55, of Tooele on charges of murder, domestic aggravated assault and domestic assault in the presence of a child.
TCPD said they do not believe there is any threat to the public at the moment.
This is a developing story. Check back as more information becomes available.