A 30-year-old New Hampshire man has been sentenced to 6½ years in federal prison followed by 36 months of supervised release for assaulting two tourists in Yellowstone National Park last July.
Jackson Burley Coombs pleaded guilty to one count of aggressive assault with a dangerous weapon, and one count of simple assault Wednesday in US District Court in Cheyenne.
Coombs had been arrested by park rangers for an assault at the Xanterra Cabin Community Bathrooms near Mammoth Hot Springs. Coombs had been hiding in a stall in the women’s bathroom, and after a woman entered her stall, he banged on her door until it opened. With his own face wrapped in toilet paper, he began to punch the female victim in the face and head. She was able to yell for help and her male traveling companion entered the bathroom to help her.
He was assaulted then as well, and then Coombs used bear spray on both victims. Hearing the altercation, a passerby entered the bathroom to help subdue the suspect until Park Rangers arrived.
The female victim suffered a concussion as well as many bruises and cuts to her face.