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Four Mormon missionaries threatened by armed man in northern Utah

January 13, 2019

WEST JORDAN, UTAH — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints owned KSL Television station reports that an inebriated man held four Church missionaries at gunpoint and later forced them to get money from a gasoline station around 9:30 Friday night. No one was injured.

A quick thinking missionary managed to text a friend at the time who called police.

Police later located and took Michael Willie, 25, into custody.

“He was arrested on suspicion of robbery, kidnapping and possession of a concealed dangerous weapon,” KSL reported.

According to KSL, the missionaries were at an apartment complex located near 3700 West and 7100 South on Friday night when the incident happened.

“An intoxicated man approached them and asked them for money,” KSL said citing West Jordan Police Sgt. Dan Roberts.

KSL reported that the missionaries told Willie they didn’t have any money. At that point, the suspect allegedly brandished a knife and a gun at the missionaries.

“(He) forced them to walk to the Exxon gas station at 3731 W. Jordan Landing Blvd where they made a purchase in order to get cash back,” Roberts told KSL.

As more information becomes available, the Standard Journal will update this story.

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