A Desert Vista High School volunteer baseball coach was "ambushed" and severely beaten in an assault Friday night at the school, said police, who allege his ex-wife and her boyfriend plotted the attack.

Lt. Heston Silbert said the incident, which he termed an “ambush,” occurred around 7 p.m. Friday in the school’s parking lot when the coach discovered one of his tires was flat.  As he was on the ground working to replace the flat Silbert said a man drove up in a borrowed car and then allegedly attacked the coach.

“He’s going to be OK, but he was beaten pretty badly,” Silbert said.

Edward Myer of Park City, Utah, was arrested by Phoenix police officers less than two hours after the alleged attack, as he attempted to return to Utah where he flies for U.S Airways and lives with his family, police said. Valerie Hayes, the victim’s former wife, was arrested Saturday, according to police.

Myer was charged with the assault on the coach, and Hayes is charged with conspiracy and facilitation of the attack, police said.

Silbert said the preliminary investigation shows that Hayes borrowed a friend’s vehicle so that Myer could drive up without arousing the victim’s suspicions.

“She helped him set it up,” Silbert said.



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