ST. GEORGE – A man was arrested in the early morning hours Friday in St. George for threat of terrorism along with several other felony and misdemeanor charges.
St. George Police received a call shortly after midnight on a disturbance in the area of 1100 East Riverside Drive, police Sgt. Sam Despain said. When officers arrived they found a man who they believed was intoxicated attempting to drive away in his car, he said.
The man was shouting, creating a disturbance; he resisted arrest; threatened bodily harm to the officers; and the man made threats to “blow somebody up;” and that was the reason for the terrorism charge, Despain said. He declined to provide details concerning the type of threats made or toward whom they were directed.
According to the Utah Criminal Code a charge of second-degree felony threat of terrorism includes making a threat to use a weapon of mass destruction or a hoax weapon of mass destruction, or the intent to intimidate or coerce a civilian population or to influence or affect the conduct of a government or a unit of government.
Michael David Walker, 31, St. George is facing charges of second-degree felony threat of terrorism, third-degree felony assault by a prisoner along with misdemeanor counts of obstruction of justice, driving under the influence, interference with arresting officer and criminal mischief.
Walker was booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility and bail was set at $53,126.
Persons charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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