BRIGHAM CITY -- In a county that sees likely less than 400 felony-level criminal charges in a year, led by drug offenses and larceny, two serious domestic violence cases taking place on the same day stands out.
Chasta Rivera, 32, is charged with six domestic violence-related charges for allegedly threatening everyone in her household with a hammer.
Jordan Dean Ravsten, 29, is charged with domestic violence aggravated assault after police say he tried to strangle his girlfriend during a quarrel after he became intoxicated. He also tried to prevent her from calling police, hiding her phone from her when she broke free, according to charging documents.
Both incidents took place Oct. 25 within three blocks of each other, 112 S. Main and 200 N. Main. Both Rivera and Ravsten appeared in 1st District Court for arraignment Monday -- Ravsten out on $5,750 bail, Rivera still in custody, unable to post her $9,620 bail.
"It happens more than you would think," Deputy Box Elder County Attorney Blair Wardle said of female-inflicted domestic violence. "It's not unusual, but males are still the dominant ones by far in (domestic violence) cases."
Rivera's 13-year-old son, her oldest, called police to say she was threatening him and his two siblings with a hammer after punching out her live-in boyfriend, according to charging documents.
She grabbed the hammer intending to knock all the mirrors off the boyfriend's car, according to a probable cause statement, which goes on to say, "Defendant threatened the kids, saying if they tried to stop her she would hit them with the hammer. Defendant also threatened the children, telling them if they called the police, she would kill the boyfriend.
"This concerned the children, so they locked themselves inside the family minivan parked in the driveway."
Eventually, the boyfriend got the hammer away from the angry woman. The children were removed to a relative's home.
Under the influence of alcohol, police said, Ravsten choked his girlfriend, "cutting off her ability to breathe at least three times."
The girl's father had broken up the quarrel after the girlfriend called him instead of police, according to charging documents. The girlfriend told officers: "I don't believe this would have happened if he had been sober."
As of Oct. 31, county prosecutors had filed exactly 300 cases in 1st District Court in Brigham City, according to court records.
The vast majority are drug distribution offenses or counts of burglary, theft, forgery or fraud. Fewer than 50 are violence-related. Records were not immediately available for the various justice courts, numbering fewer than a dozen, around Box Elder County. Those courts only see class B and C misdemeanor cases. All class A misdemeanor and felony cases are filed in the district court.
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