UV crime: Kid with pellet gun runs from police, killer could be incompetent


uv360-weekly-crime-reportIt could have been a lot worse

On Monday, Jan. 20, someone reported a man wearing camouflage and carrying a rifle on a trail in Highland. When a Lone Peak officer arrived, he asked the person to stop and talk to him, according to police. Instead, he took off. American Fork police joined the search, and he was later found sitting near a tree by the Cedar Hills Golf Course club house.

Officers noticed he was pointing the gun in the direction of the officers walking toward him. He was held at gunpoint and obeyed officers’ commands to drop his weapon.

It turned out the man was actually a 15-year-old boy and his rifle was a pellet gun. Police called his parents, talked to him about what he’d done (he said he didn’t realize the person who told him to stop was a police officer), and he was released to his parents.

Killer’s mental health

Convicted killer Martin MacNeill’s sex abuse case was put on hold this week because his attorney is questioning his competency. Randy Spencer says MacNeill has been previously diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and his mental health has been deteriorating. MacNeill tried to kill himself in jail last month.

The judge scheduled a competency hearing for Jan. 28.

Lehi bank robbery

Lehi police need help finding a man who robbed the Bank of American Fork in Lehi on Wednesday.

The robbery happened around 4:30 p.m., and the man gave a teller a note demanding cash. He’s Hispanic or Native American, has dark hair and a mustache, is about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. He was wearing square-rim glasses, a red tie, black gloves, a black hat and a dark jacket.

If you have information about this man, call Lehi police at (801) 768-7110 or (801) 794-3970.

Former Provo resident’s body found

Twenty-four-year-old Gianni Belvedere had been missing since just before Christmas, when his fiancee and brother were found shot in a car in a San Diego mall parking lot. Ilona Flint, 22, and Salvatore Belvedere, 22, died from the gunshot wounds.

Gianni Belvedere’s body was found in the trunk of his Toyota Camry on Jan. 17 in Riverside, Calif.

Flint and Salvatore Belvedere are also former Provo residents.

Provo man accused of raping girl

An 18-year-old Provo man is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in May. He’s also accused of burning her with a lighter in August.

He was charged this week with rape and child abuse.


Amie Rose has more than 14 years of experience writing and editing at newspapers in Utah and New Mexico. She graduated from BYU with a degree in journalism. She lives in Utah Valley with her husband, toddler and crazy dog.

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