SOUTH OGDEN — A South Ogden man is in jail after allegedly beating another man in the head with a metal pipe and breaking his nose.

Bruce Conway Edwards, 61, was arrested Tuesday on one count of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; one count of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony; one count of obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony; and misdemeanor counts of unlawful detention and interference of a communication device. Charges have not yet been filed in 2nd District Court.

According to a probable cause statement, the victim was visiting Edwards at his home in the 4000 block of South Burch Creek Drive in South Ogden when the assault occurred. The victim said Edwards struck him in the head with a small metal pipe at least 50 times.

Edwards then forced the victim to the floor and attempted to duct tape the victim’s hands behind his back, court documents said. At one point, Edwards allegedly knelt on the victim’s wrists, pinning them behind his back, and then attempted to smother the victim’s face with a towel.

“The victim said he felt choked while being smothered and thought he was going to die,” the probable cause statement said.

The victim tried to call police with his cellphone, but Edwards allegedly took it away from him, as well as his wallet and a bag containing personal papers.

While Edwards cleaned up the victim’s blood, he allegedly made the victim stand in a nearby shower and blocked the doorway, preventing him from leaving. The victim later convinced Edwards to let him sleep outside in a trailer in the driveway, where he then fled to a neighbor’s house and called police.

The victim sustained a broken nose during the assault, as well as other injuries to the face, head, torso and legs, police said, and was treated at a local hospital.

When police searched Edwards’s home, they allegedly found a fan blowing on a section of wet carpet outside the room where the alleged assault occurred. The victim’s phone and wallet were also recovered.

“Edwards took steps to clean up blood evidence in the hallway using a shampoo rug cleaning machine,” court documents said.

Edwards is being held in lieu of a $37,000 bond in the Weber County Jail. An initial court appearance has not been scheduled.

Reach city editor Jessica Kokesh at 801-625-4229 or jkokesh@standard.net. You can also follow her on Twitter at @JessicaKokesh.

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