Deputies arrested Jesus Juventin Herrera-Jara on July 17 for his alleged involvement in a July 14 beating at a trailer on the Snake River Sporting Club property.
Herrera-Jara was charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and battery, two counts of accessory before the fact to aggravated assault and battery, and accessory before the fact to felonious restraint, court documents state.
The 21-year-old was arrested three days after the Teton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for help from the alleged victim, who was transported to St. John’s Health because of the seriousness of his injuries from the alleged beating. The injured man told officers that several coworkers beat him at a trailer located on the Snake River Sporting Club property, according to an affidavit written by Teton County Sheriff’s Detective David Hodges.
“We are working with the sheriff’s office to understand what happened,” Sporting Club developer and co-owner Christopher Swann said. None of those involved are employees of the club, he said.
The affidavit states a coworker lured the alleged victim from his trailer to another trailer. When the alleged victim walked into the trailer, he was beaten, restrained and pistol whipped.
The alleged victim told officers that one of the aggressors said during the beating, “I’m sorry. This is not personal.”
When the beating stopped, the affidavit states, one of the several people present during the beating told the man to sit in a nearby chair. Then, a man identified on the affidavit as Perro allegedly pointed a pistol at his head and told him he was going to be killed.
Another man, identified in the affidavit as Gordo, allegedly recorded the incident on his phone and told the beaten man, “I’m going to send this to the boss.” According to Teton County Sheriff Matt Carr, the sheriff’s office is still investigating the identity of the boss to whom Gordo referred.
According to the affidavit, the alleged victim said the ammunition magazine fell from the gun, giving him an opportunity to escape from the trailer. He later told police the nicknames of three of the people who beat him: Gordo, Perro and Pollo.
Pollo, who was later identified as Herrera-Jara, according to the affidavit, allegedly fled the scene with other assailants before officers arrived at the property.
After learning that at least one of the alleged suspects had returned to the trailer, sheriff’s deputies went to the trailer where they detained four men. The man who was beaten identified only Herrera-Jara as an assailant, the affidavit states, and the other three men were released.
Officers haven’t identified the other assailants, partially because of their hidden identities, according to Carr, who said officers uncovered “a bunch of fake IDs” at the construction quarters.
“We have these folks in our community, and we can’t even identify who they are or what sort of past criminal history they have,” he said. “And now they’re engaging in some pretty serious criminal activity in Teton County.”
The case and investigation are ongoing. Herrera-Jara first appeared in court July 19, then paid $5,000 in bail. His next court appearance is set for July 29. His attorney Frank Chapman said he would not comment on the case.
Terms of his release include not committing a crime, not influencing witnesses, consuming no alcohol, avoiding all contact with the alleged victim, not possessing firearms or other dangerous weapons, and maintaining contact with his attorney, according to court documents.