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Man arrested after allegedly assaulting niece

Sep 10, 2015 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

A St. Stephen's man was arrested in August for allegedly assaulting his adult niece in a Riverton hotel room.

The woman called police at about 8:20 p.m. Aug. 22 after fleeing the hotel in the 2000 block of North Federal Boulevard. She said she went to the hotel with her uncle, Ivan Bear, 46, of St. Stephen's, "to reminisce about family," according to police.

"They start drinking," Riverton Police Department Capt. Eric Murphy said Tuesday. "At some point, he puts his arm around her."

The woman said she tried to get up to leave when Bear pushed her to the bed and attempted to hold her down. She reportedly pushed him away and punched him in the face several times, and he began choking her.

"This went on for quite a while," Murphy said. "She was in the room for about an hour and a half, and he wouldn't let her leave."

At some point, the woman said she told Bear she needed to use the restroom. He let her get up, and she said she ran out of the room, past the front door clerk and outside, where she called the police. When officials arrived at the scene, she showed them that she had broken her nails during the struggle with Bear. Murphy said she also suffered a bite to her chest.

Bear was found at about 8:40 p.m. Aug. 22 at a store in the 1700 block of North Federal Boulevard.

"He was all scratched up," Murphy said. "He (had) several scratches on him that did coincide with what (his niece) told us."

Bear told police he had been pushed into a barbed wire fence on the Wind River Indian Reservation, Murphy said. He was arrested for aggravated assault, sexual battery and false imprisonment.

"There was no sexual intrusion," Murphy said. "It was all contact."

At about 11 a.m. the next day, an employee at the hotel reported finding an envelope containing methamphetamine in the room Bear had rented. Murphy said Bear will not be charged with possession of meth, as it was not found on his person.

"There's no way to prove it's his," Murphy said.

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