Police: Suspect arrested after assaulting, robbing, threatening to kill stranger at storage shed

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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – (ABC4 News) – A 34-year-old man is facing charges after police said he randomly assaulted, robbed and then threatened to kill another man during an incident in West Valley City on Friday. 

According to arresting documents, John Michael Riley was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on charges of three first-degree felonies including aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and aggravated kidnapping as well as one third-degree felony aggravated assault. 

Police said a man said he was at his storage shed when Riley, who is not known by the victim, came into his shed and started to talk to him. 

The victim said Riley became aggressive and accused the victim of killing people then punched him between the eyes with a closed fist and pushed him to the ground.  

Riley then pulled a small metal bat from behind him he had been carrying and held it over the mans head and demanded his wallet.

Riley forced the victim to stay on the ground for about an hour as he went through everything in his wallet and other items in the shed.

Riley then told the man to drive him to the victim’s house as he continued to threaten him with the bat, so the two left the shed and ended up at a home near 4700 South Westpoint way in West Valley City.

After arriving at the house, Riley told the victim to take him inside. While in the home, the victim’s brother heard what was going on and went to confront Riley.

Riley then picked up another metal pipe and threatened to kill both the victim and his brother but after the brother grabbed a knife, Riley ran from the home. 

Police were able to find Riley a short distance from the house, and both the victim and his brother were able to positively identify him. 


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