Several people watched as one man attacked another in front of Bashas' Saturday morning, Feb. 21.
Payson Police Sgt. Rod Mamero and officer Henry Thomason arrived at the scene to find Dwaine Ulery, 49, beating another man while he was on the phone to dispatchers.
"When we pulled up, Ulery was still punching the victim while he was on the phone with 911," Mamero said. "We ordered him to stop and the suspect refused to stop assaulting the victim. Officer Thomason then sprayed him with pepper spray.
Mamero said while Ulery stopped assaulting the victim, they had to wrestle him to the ground to handcuff him.
"Evidently, these gentlemen had been camping in the woods," Police Lt. Don Engler said, "and the victim made Mr. Ulery leave his camp."
Ulery believed the victim had called the police on him on an earlier date and Engler said that was the suspect's reason for the attack. Police knew nothing about a prior case involving Ulery, Engler said.
The man was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct.
Mamero said there were a dozen people watching the fight and no one intervened.
"As it turned out, they both had knives on them although they weren't using them," Mamero said. "You just never know what might happen in that circumstance."