BLACKFOOT — A Blackfoot woman is in jail after she and three men reportedly broke into an apartment March 27 and beat a man in retaliation for an alleged jail fight.
Dixie Dawn O’Brien, 25, is the only one of the four who has been arrested for the beating. The Bingham County Sheriff’s Office issued arrest warrants for two other adults and a minor.
Several witnesses to the attack were reluctant to speak to police out of fear the group would retaliate, according to a probable cause affidavit. The victim, who was also arrested for a felony bench warrant, said two members of the group came to his apartment and were friendly at first. The other two, including O’Brien, appeared later and began beating the victim.
The victim was bleeding when deputies arrived, and he was taken to Bingham Memorial Hospital for treatment. The hospital performed a CT scan and bandaged the injuries to his arms, chest and back.
The victim told a detective the attackers told him he knew why the beating was happening. The victim said one of the attackers suspected him of being involved with the beating Elias Gallegos, in the Bingham County jail. Gallegos was arrested in November for holding his family captive.
O’Brien had texted the victim for several days before the assault, saying she wanted to meet up and talk. The victim said when he arrived, three men tried to jump him, but he escaped.
Witnesses said they saw a gun and a knife, but could not tell who was holding which weapon. The victim said O’Brien had a baseball bat or a baton and two of the others had a gun and a Taser. The last man used his fists.
O’Brien has been charged with aggravated battery (punishable with up to 15 years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines), conspiracy to commit aggravated battery (up to 15 years in prison and up to $50,000) and burglary (one to 10 years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines).
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Bingham County Courthouse.