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Bonneville County man pleads to aggravated assault charge

Elijah D. Chavez, 29 of Bonneville County
Elijah D. Chavez, 29 of Bonneville County

Elijah Chavez entered a guilty plea in 7th District Court Tuesday to felony aggravated assault.  He will appear before Judge Bruce Pickett for sentencing on December 9.

Update: 9-17 Chavez appeared for a preliminary hearing September 15.  The hearing was continued until September 22 before Judge Mark Riddoch.  

After an initial court appearance, Chavez was charged with felony aggravated assault. He was scheduled to appear for a Preliminary Hearing on September 15 and held on $30,000 bond.

Bonneville County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a disturbance in the 3900 block of Deer River Dr. in Bonneville County Sunday around 9:30 p.m. 

Deputies arrived and made contact with an adult female who said she was riding in a vehicle with her boyfriend, 29-year-old Elijah D. Chavez, when he pointed a gun at her neck and told her to drive. 

After a few moments, the female said Chavez pushed her out of the car on Deer River Dr., and she ran to the closest residence yelling for help. 

Chavez apparently drove away and was gone from the area as deputies arrived. 

The victim told deputies Chavez had been drinking alcohol and believed it to be part of the cause of his actions.

While deputies were on scene, they were advised by an acquaintance of the victim that Chavez was at a nearby residence. 

Deputies arrived and made contact with Chavez and his vehicle. 

In a search of the vehicle, deputies located a handgun with a loaded magazine inside. 

Chavez was taken into custody at that time and transported to the Bonneville County Jail. 

Deputies also found Chavez to be wanted for an active felony warrant for attempted strangulation from a 2018 Bonneville County case. 

Chavez was booked into jail on the outstanding warrant and a new charge of aggravated assault. 

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