Assaulted Soccer Referee Passes Away From Injuries - 05/04/13

Published: 04-May-2013

LOCATION:  4351 S. Redwood Road, Eisenhower Junior High, Taylorsville, UT

DATE:  Incident: 4/27/13 11:30 a.m.  Passed Away: 5/4/13 at 9:33 p.m.

WHO:  Victim:  Portillo, Ricardo 2-11-67 of Salt Lake City
             Suspect:  17 year old male of Salt Lake City

WHAT:  Portillo passes away at the hospital following an assault during a soccer game.

Taylorsville - On April 27, 2013 the Unified Police Department (UPD) responded on an assault at a recreation soccer game that was held at Eisenhower Junior High School in Taylorsville.  During the game, in which Ricardo Portillo was the referee, he gave a 17 year-old male player/suspect a “yellow card” for an infraction that he had committed during the game.  The suspect was close to Portillo and punched him once in the face as a result of the call.  It was initially believed that Portillo had minor injuries as a result of the assault.  However, he was transported by ambulance to Intermountain Medical Center and was found to have serious internal head injuries.  He was listed in critical condition.  He remained in critical condition until he passed away today at the hospital at 9:33 p.m.  Portillo will be taken by the Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

Detectives from the UPD had been investigating this case since the incident happened.  On April 29, 2013 detectives arrested the 17 year-old and booked him into the Salt Lake Valley Detention Center on the charge of aggravated assault for the serious bodily injury that was inflicted on Portillo.  The suspect is still incarcerated in the juvenile detention center.  Formal charges will be screened early next week with the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office.  Since Portillo has passed away additional charges will be screened in connection with his death.  The suspect’s name is not being released as he is a juvenile.

The victim’s family is asking for privacy at this time as they as they work through the loss of their loved one.  We would ask that if anyone witnessed this event, and has not previously spoken with UPD Detectives, they call 801-743-5913.

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