UPDATED 9:52 p.m.
ST. GEORGE – The Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Monday night that Lelilani M. Novak-Garcia, also known as “Hitler,” has been apprehended and incarcerated.
Police had been searching for the 32-year-old woman since Monday morning. Novak-Garcia was wanted for attempted murder at the Rainbow Family gathering located east of Heber City early Monday morning.
Novak-Garcia, who also goes by “Hitler,” of Las Cruces, New Mexico, is accused of stabbing a 45-year-old Salt Lake City man multiple times just before 1 a.m., Wasatch County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jared Rigby said in a statement. Novak-Garcia ran before officers arrived and a warrant has been issued for her arrest.
Uinta National Forest Rangers told investigators they heard someone shout, “I’ll kill you,” just before they found the man bleeding from knife wounds, according to the Heber City Police Facebook page.
Wasatch County EMS transported the victim to the University of Utah Medical Center in serious condition, Rigby said.
Rainbow Family Gathering
The controversial and diverse group known as the Rainbow Family of Living Light is currently holding its annual Rainbow Gathering – which reportedly draws 20,000 participants from across the country – on the Uinta National Forest east of Heber City with some participants planning to linger in the area until August, Heber City officials said.
According to websites associated with the group, the stated purpose of the Gathering is to allow like-minded members of utopian, bohemian, hipster and hippie cultures to meet together to further their ideals.
“While many members of the Rainbow Family are upstanding citizens, a small segment of their population have reportedly caused significant and detrimental impacts on nearby communities,” according to the Heber City Facebook page. “For instance, reports of previous Rainbow Gatherings show some past attendees engaged in criminal activity, including aggressive panhandling at stores and gas stations, trespassing, shoplifting, public urination, and nudity/lewdness. In addition, these reports show some attendees have left local emergency room and hospital facilities with unpaid medical services totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars before leaving the area a month or so later.”
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