Cedar City man charged with threatening police officer who arrested his father

Cedar City police vehicle. File photo: Cedar City Police Department

CEDAR CITY, Utah, Jan. 24, 2023 (Gephardt Daily) — A 29-year-old Cedar City man has been arrested after allegedly making online threats against a police officer who previously arrested his father.

Police say Manuel Dejesus Cabrera used Facebook Messenger to contact and threaten a Cedar City police officer who previously arrested Cabrera’s father in an unrelated case. Cabrera also threatened the officer’s family, according to charges filed Tuesday in 5th District Court.

Iron County prosecutors say Cabrera first messaged the police officer about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, saying he “was going to pay the price for what he did to his father.”

In follow-up messages to the officer, Cabrera stated, “talk s— get smoked I’ll see you soon,” and later added, “you will be smoked the f— out before you can pull your little deputy weapon,” according to charging documents.

In later messages, Cabrera tells the officer he “will f— him up without his duty belt on” and made statements about having been outside the officer’s parents’ house, the charges state.

“Cabrera then states he will see him very soon,” prosecutors allege, noting the threats were directed at the officer, as well as the officer’s mother and sister.

“Because of this, it put the officer, their mother, and sister in fear of their lives,” charges state.

About 12:15 p.m. Monday, officers saw Cabrera exit a vehicle and enter a trailer in Cedar City. An Iron County SWAT team responded, and Cabrera refused commands to exit the trailer, charges state.

With the SWAT team outside the trailer, police say Cabrera again messaged the Cedar City police officer. After about 30 minutes, he exited the trailer and was arrested.

Cabrera was booked Monday into the Iron County jail, where he’s being held without bail. He was charged Tuesday with:

  • Three counts of retaliation against a witness, victim or informant, a third-degree felony
  • Assault on a peace officer, a class A misdemeanor
  • Two counts of threat of violence, a class B misdemeanor
  • Interference with an arresting officer, a class B misdemeanor
  • Electronic communication harassment, a class B misdemeanor


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