St. George man charged with felony after allegedly texting he killed girlfriend, prompting police response

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ST. GEORGE, Utah, Dec. 13, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A St. George man has been charged with emergency reporting abuse after police say he texted his sister, stating — falsely — that he had killed his girlfriend, prompting the beginnings of a homicide investigation.

Landon Todd Peterson, 56, was charged with the third-degree felony Friday in Washington County’s 5th District Court.

The incident happened on Jan. 15 of this year, and involved the St. George Police Department, the probable cause statement says.

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Peterson texted his sister, making the false claim. His sister, alarmed, called 911 to report the crime.

“Officers were not able to locate (the girlfriend) initially, and began a homicide investigation. (The girlfriend) was eventually located and it was determined that no one had been injured.”

Peterson is not in custody. Court records show a summons to appear in court is proposed, but not yet approved.

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