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                         FALSE REPORT TO A PEACE OFFICER

At about 7:00 p.m. on December 17, 2012 the Wasatch County Dispatch Center received a call that a man had been stabbed multiple times at the Timberlakes gatehouse and that the alleged perpetrator had fled on foot.  When law enforcement arrived, they assisted EMS in providing aid for the purported victim and began searching for the suspect.  

A large team of officers from Heber City Police Department, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Summit and Wasatch County Sheriff’s Offices worked together to search the area for the alleged assailant and to interview the victim at the hospital.  As a result of that work, law enforcement concluded that the victim’s injuries though apparently serious, were self-inflicted, that the incident had been fabricated by the alleged victim, and that no one fled the area on foot.  

Sheriff Bonner stated “We take all reported crimes seriously.  Off-duty officers were called from their homes and families and spent the night in the cold searching for a perpetrator that didn’t exist.  However, some fine detective work prevailed.  The person who contrived this story has been charged with Making a False Report to a Peace Officer and may be required to repay law enforcement as part of his restitution.”  
In addition, Heber City Police Chief Dave Booth, who assisted with the search and 
investigation, explained “Anyone who even considers making false reports to law enforcement should understand they will be found and brought to justice.  As law enforcement, we truly care for this community and we will work through any set of conditions to protect our neighbors and citizens.”

Todd L. Bonner, Sheriff
1361 South Highway 40
Heber City, UT 84032

For further information, please contact Jared Rigby, who serves as the Chief Deputy of the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, by calling 435-654-1411.

BY RHETT SPENCER   12/19/2012

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