Man Arrested for Battery in Tonopah Hall

By Blaze Lovell | January 28th, 2018

UNLV Police arrested a California man Jan. 16 in Tonopah Hall South after he threw a fan, which bounced off a wall and hit a student on the cheek.


Joseph Anthony Nelson was arrested for misdemeanor battery after the incident. The student, who was struck by the fan, had a bruise under their eye, according to a police report.


The student and Nelson had been in a verbal argument the night before, the report states, at which point Nelson threw the fan. Nelson had lived in the dorm room for four days prior to the arrest.


He was moved out of the residence hall with a multitude of belongings, including six pairs of shoes, several bags, toiletries and shirts.


Nelson has no other documented records of violence. However, this isn’t his first run in with the police on campus.


On Dec. 3, 2017, police took a report from the same dorm room that Nelson had thrown the student’s cell phone, laptop and clothes on the floor.


Nelson’s wife filed for divorce in November of last year, according to court records.

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