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Herriman man charged for attacking jail clerk, attempting escape in Utah County

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UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A Herriman man being booked into jail for theft is now charged with several felonies after authorities said he attacked a clerk at the Utah County Jail and tried to escape. 

According to charging documents, Ian Walter Berg, 30, was booked into the Utah County Jail last week after being arrested for allegedly stealing $400 worth of merchandise from a local store. 

While Berg was waiting to be processed in the booking area of the Utah County Jail when he entered a secure area, waited until there were no deputies around and then grabbed a pen and scissors from the counter. He then approached the clerk, put her in a choking headlock and placed the scissors to her neck and told her “I need to get out of here,” according to documents.

The victim was able to yell for help and several deputies responded to assist. Berg continued to press the scissors into the victim’s neck in an aggressive manner and yelled repeatedly “I will do it,” documents state. 

After a short struggle, deputies were able to take Berg to the ground and into custody.

Berg is now being held on a $30,000 cash only bail for the new charges for first-degree felony kidnapping and aggravated escape, second-degree felony aggravated assault by a prisoner and prohibited items in a correctional facility. He is also being held on several warrants for drug possession.  

Berg was convicted of misdemeanor theft in June 2017 and felony retail theft out of Illinois in 2009.  

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