layton woman severely beaten, common-law husband arrested

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 2:16 PM

Loretta Park, Standard-Examiner Staff

LAYTON — Police said a 31-year-old woman suffered significant injuries to her face and head, as well as a dislocated arm, at the hands of her common-in-law husband.

Layton police were called to Ogden Regional Medical Center at 2 a.m. Saturday. They met with Alisha Montoya who told them Nicholas James Vine, 28, had “punched her in the face and head, kicked her and dislocated her arm,” said Layton Police Lt. Shawn Horton.

Their three children witnessed the beating, Horton said.

The two had been in a verbal argument over a “comment she had made about him and then it escalated from there,” Horton said.

“The injuries were significant enough that the officer believed it warranted an aggravated assault charge,” he said.

Montoya told police Vine had been drinking earlier that night with a friend and had got in a fight with that person, according to a probable cause statement. Then she and Vine got into a verbal argument that became physical. The fight went from the kitchen to the basement laundry room. Vine had punched her and she fell into the water heater.

Vine “continued to punch her in the face after she had fallen on the floor,” according to the document.

Vine also “kicked her in the right arm causing it to be dislocated,” according to the document.

Montoya had a cut above her left eye, bruises on her face and a dislocated arm, according to the document.

After he beat her up, Vine left the home and Montoya yelled for someone to call 911, according to the document.

Officers looked for Vine, but did not find him until early Wednesday morning. He was hiding in the closet inside a home at 96 E. Rosewood Lane, Layton. Horton said.

He had a swollen right fist and scratches on his forearms. He told police he could not remember anything but that he “did do something bad,” according tot the document.

Vine was arrested and booked in the Davis County Jail on one count of aggravated assault and three counts of commission of domestic violence in front of a child. He is being held in lieu of a $25,000 bail.

Horton said they have not had calls to the couple’s home before.

Contact reporter Loretta Park at 801-625-4252 or Follow her on Twitter at @LorettaParkSE.

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