On January 8th 2008, Mammoth Police arrested a professional surfer named Christopher Ward for multiple alleged assaults outside of a Mammoth bar. The case continues through the court system.
Since the arrest, a trial date has come and gone and negotiations have been close but no agreement has been reached.
At the time of the incident, police reported witnesses said that Ward had threatened a woman with a chunk of ice. Three other women tried to stop the suspect, and Ward allegedly started to beat them with his fists.
The three women were taken to Mammoth Hospital and released, police say. Officers found Ward lying on the ground outside of the bar, apparently beaten by additional unknown male suspects. Ward was taken to the hospital and later arrested.
Assistant District Attorney Tim Kendall reports that both sides had appeared to be close to a resolution of the case, but that has now fallen through. The next court date in this case is scheduled for March 30th. If there is no resolution agreed to by both sides, a new trial date will be set.