Man arrested in Millard County after alleged threats with ax

Nathan Hare. Photo: Millard County

MILLARD COUNTY, Utah, March 23, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A man was booked into the Millard County Jail on Friday after sheriff’s officials responded to reports of an ax-wielding suspect threatening a resident.

Deputies responded to the area of 2655 S. Scenic Highway after a 911 call came in from a homeowner at about 4 a.m.

“A resident from the home called as he had been awakened by the man yelling outside,” a statement issued by the Millard County Sheriff’s Office says.

“Upon opening the door, the resident observed the man holding a long-handled ax and yelling for him, the resident, to come outside. The resident had armed himself, and the suspect left the area in a vehicle.”

A MCSO deputy encountered the suspect in a vehicle near the incident location, the statement says, “and recognized him as 32-year-old Nathan Hare, who was currently on parole. Hare fled and a pursuit was initiated.”

A probable cause statement filed by an officer of the sheriff’s office says that suspect Hare, who was on parole after a felony conviction, reached speeds of 95 to 98 mph during the chase.

Deputies were able to spike the suspect’s tires near State Route 100 and U.S. 50, and all four tires were punctured, the probable cause statement says.

The vehicle then ran a stop sign and ran into a fence.

“I observed Hare exit the vehicle holding the three-foot ax, and he fled south on foot into the tall sagebrush,” the probable cause statement says. “A search ensued with numerous deputies, Highway Patrol, AP&P and the DPS helicopter. Hare was finally located on a dirt road approximately three to four miles south of his vehicle.”

Hair was taken into custody at about 8:45 a.m.

“… and given the length of the ordeal and exposure to wet and cold conditions, was medically cleared at a nearby hospital. Hare was booked into the Millard County Jail on felony charges of aggravated assault and evading, as well as weapon related charges,” the probable cause statement says.

When Hare’s vehicle was searched, deputies found five knives, two hatchets and a can of pepper spray, the statement says.

Hare was booked on suspicion of:

  • Aggravated assault, a third-degree felony
  • Burglary, a third-degree felony
  • Nine counts of transaction of a dangerous weapon by a class 1 restricted person, a third-degree felony
  • Two counts of failure to stop at the command of law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor
  • Threat or use of a dangerous weapon in a fight, a class A misdemeanor
  • Reckless driving, a class B misdemeanor
  • Criminal trespass, a class B misdemeanor
  • Unsafe lane travel, an infraction
  • Right of way — stop signs, an infraction

Hare’s bail was set at $64,100.


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