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Police: Man goes on violent rampage, threatens children and stabs man at store

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A Salt Lake City man was arrested Sunday after a violent rampage where police said he threatened several children with a knife, assaulted two others and stabbed a man at a convenience store. 

According to arresting documents, Marcos Renteria, 37, first began a violent rampage when he approached a group of three children, ages 2, 5 and 9, while they were in their yard, threatened them while yelling at them.

The father of the children approached Renteria, who in return, punched him in the face, documents state. 

According to documents, Renteria then got into a vehicle to leave, the children’s father walked in front of the man’s black SUV to try and stop him but was hit in the right leg as Renteria drove towards him. 

Renteria’s mother attempted to stop her son from leaving by climbing into the passenger side of the car but fell out of the vehicle as he drove away. As this was occurring, he verbally threatened his stepfather, documents further stated.

These incidents were captured on video from neighbor’s surveillance cameras.

About an hour later, a relative of Renteria’s called 911 to report he was at their home with a knife and was suicidal, documents state.

Police then said 21 minutes after that 911 call, Renteria was seen on surveillance video at a convenience store and stabbed a random man’s tires before stabbing the victim in his side. 

The man suffered serious internal injuries as a result of the stabbing. 

Fourteen minutes later, another 911 call came in stating a man driving a black SUV intentionally rammed another vehicle and attempted to stab the driver, according to documents.

Documents stated Renteria ran from the scene on foot causing a multi-agency response.  Police were able to follow a blood trail and use subsequent 911 calls to locate Renteria in a park, half a block away from where the first incident occurred.

At first, Renteria did not comply with officer’s commands to get on the ground but was eventually taken into custody, police said.

Police said they believe Renteria is a substantial danger to the community and is likely to flee if released.

Renteria is facing six felony charges of aggravated assault, one felony charge of possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person and multiple misdemeanors including assault, threat of violence, domestic violence in the presence of a child (x3), criminal mischief, failure to remain at the scene of an accident, failure to stop at the command of an officer and possession of a controlled substance. 

He has been booked into the Salt Lake County Jail. His bail has been set at $25,000. 

Renteria’s extensive criminal history includes felony convictions of drug possession, aggravated attempted assault, possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person and attempted theft by receiving stolen property.

He also has several misdemeanor convictions of domestic violence in the presence of a child, attempted damage to jails, criminal trespass, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, threat or use of a dangerous weapon in a fight and simple assault. 

Support for victims and survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence is available 24/7: 1-800-897-LINK (5465). If you or someone else is in immediate danger, or in an emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

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