Police: Man charged with aggravated assault after pulling gun on tow truck driver

Modesto Muro Soto. Photo Courtesy: Salt Lake County

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Jan. 20, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A man is facing charges including third-degree felony aggravated assault after he allegedly pulled a gun on a tow truck driver on Friday.

Modesto Muro Soto, 31, is also charged with class B misdemeanor use or possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a probable cause statement from Salt Lake City’s 3rd District Court.

Officers responded to the report of a man with a handgun threatening a tow truck driver who was attempting to tow his vehicle from the parking lot at 1490 S. 400 East. It happened just before 8 p.m., the statement said.

“The tow truck driver fled the area and the suspect followed in a vehicle,” the statement goes on. “Officers made contact with the victim who stated he was attempting to tow a vehicle when the owner of the vehicle pulled a gun on him. The owner of the vehicle was located in the parking lot in the vehicle described by the victim.”

The suspect was taken into custody and denied any involvement after he was read his Miranda rights. A witness at the location, however, said they saw the suspect draw a handgun from his waistband and saw him cock the handgun, the statement said.

A search of the suspect was conducted and a drug pipe was located on Soto’s person. The suspect’s vehicle was searched, and a second drug pipe was located in the vehicle.

Soto was booked into Salt Lake County Jail with his bail set at $5,680.


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