Man goes into seizure after suspect pulls knife in Walmart parking lot

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ST. GEORGE — A 65-year-old man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly pulled a knife on a woman and her fiancé in a St. George Walmart parking lot, after which the woman’s fiancé collapsed into a seizure.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. Saturday, police were dispatched to a brandishing weapon report at the Bloomington Walmart located at 2610 S. Pioneer Road, according to a probable cause statement filed by the St. George Police Department in support of the arrest.

Michael Anthony Cappuccio, of Thompson Falls, Montana, booking photo posted June 24, 2017 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

The woman reported that she and her fiancé had been walking on the sidewalk near the Suntran bus stop at the south entrance of the Walmart parking lot when a man – later identified as Michael Anthony Cappuccio – pulled out a knife from the sheath on his hip and began to wave it around at them, the report stated.

“He told them to get back and stay away from him,” the arresting officer wrote in a sworn statement. “He was yelling these commands as he was waiving his knife around.”

Another witness told police he was getting off the bus when he saw the couple walk past Cappuccio, who then stood up and began waving the knife in the air. Cappuccio advanced toward the woman all the while telling them to get back, according to the statement.

The witnesses crossed the street away from the incident and called police.

After police were called, the woman’s fiancé reportedly walked into Walmart and collapsed into a seizure, the report stated. He was subsequently transferred to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.

When police arrived on scene, they identified the suspect as Cappuccio.

“From previous incidents, I knew that Michael (Cappuccio) has an aggressive personality and also carries a fix blade knife on his hip,” the arresting officer wrote in a sworn statement.

When police conducted a Terry frisk and didn’t locate the knife, they asked Cappuccio where the knife was, according to the statement. Cappuccio reportedly said he had “gotten rid of it.”

Cappuccio was arrested and transported to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

The Washington County Attorney’s Office filed an information in 5th District Court accusing Cappuccio of two counts of third-degree felony aggravated assault.

He is scheduled to appear before 5th District G. Michael Westfall Tuesday afternoon for an initial court appearance.

Persons arrested or 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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6 Comments

  • Caveat_Emptor June 27, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Just a reminder that situations such as this are infrequent, in and around Washington County.
    The folks up in Salt Lake County have more than their share of homeless folks, with a wide range of mental health problems.
    The huge challenge is figuring out if there is a potential route to therapeutic treatment, instead of incarceration.

    • Keith June 27, 2017 at 11:37 pm

      With that mentality you should just move too portland OR you would fit right in… PS. Take Ed with you…

  • Who June 27, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Yeah, Right!!!

  • Icomments2 June 27, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Need to find our why they are homeless and if it can be solved or of its by choice!!! Not all homeless are there by unfortunate events… Sounds ridiculous I know, but its true and sad at the same time!!! I myself would never choose to be homeless…

  • utahdiablo June 27, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Another reason to conceal and carry…

  • Not_So_Much June 28, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Concealed carry isn’t just for crazy and bad guys.

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