On June 11, 2022, at approximately 8:44 p.m., a Missoula Police Department Officer responded to the Days Inn and Suites Hotel for a report of a physical disturbance between two males. While traveling to the location, the officer learned that the two males were separated, and the reported suspect had escaped through the back door of the lobby area. The victim was still located inside and needed medical attention.

The officer located the victim who was visibly distraught, and his clothing and hair were completely wet as if he had been completely submerged into water. Police Public Information Officer Lydia Arnold picks up the story.

“Kyle Madgwick is being held at the Missoula County Detention Center on charges of aggravated assault,” Arnold said. “The victim was assisted by hotel staff and guests after Madgwick pursued him from the creek area to the hotel lobby. On scene, officers located the victim who reported a male, who he did not know, came up to him, physically assaulted him, and pushed him into the creek where he was held under water for a time.”

The victim said he sat down on a cement retention wall near Rattlesnake Creek and was enjoying a beverage when a completely unknown male approached him. The officer noted that the retention wall's top surface, where the victim was reportedly sitting, is approximately six feet above the water level where multiple rocks, tree branches, and a metal object are protruding from the surface of the water.

The victim further stated that the unknown male began to yell at him regarding a backpack and the male was accusing him of taking the bag. The victim added that the male suddenly began to strike him before he pushed him into Rattlesnake Creek.

The victim stated that after he was pushed in and while he was in the water, the male continued to strike him and held him under the water to a point where the victim could not breathe.

“The victim reported eventually being able to separate from Madgwick, but Madgwick pursued him into the hotel lobby,” Arnold said. “Officers located Madgwick after 911 provided information of the direction Madgwick went and what he was wearing. The victim was seen by medical and this case is still under investigation by Missoula Police Detectives.”

The officer noted that due to the recent environmental changes of the seasons, Rattlesnake Creek was at a higher level than usual, and the current was very swift. Madgwick is currently being charged with felony aggravated assault.

The information in this article was obtained from sources that are publicly viewable.

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