Suspect taken into custody following domestic incident in Magna identified

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Police have identified the man as 69 year-old Van Perkins of Magna.  He was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on charges of Aggravated Assault, a third degree felony, and Criminal Mischief, a class B misdemeanor.


MAGNA, Utah (ABC4 News) – A Utah man is custody after police said his daughter reported he tried to strangle her.

Unified police officers were dispatched to a home in the area of 8000 West 2700 South on a domestic call around 5:50 p.m. Police said they had a history of responding to incidents at this home dating back to at least 2016. “Many of our officers are familiar with the residents at this home,” aid Det. Kevin Mallory of Unified Police. “There is a history of weapons and family problems. Domestic violence and things like that here.”

The 911 caller, a woman believed to be her 40s, reported that her father tried to strangle her. Police said due to the history at this home and knowledge that there may be weapons involved, UPD responded with a large police presence. “They came in and contained the house,” said Mallory.

Officers were able to get the daughter to come out after talking to her on the phone. Police said the father was non-compliant when officers entered the home. The man was tasered and eventually taken into custody. Police said the investigation into the situation is ongoing.

Free and confidential help and 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, call 9-1-1 immediately.

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