Summit County man arrested after allegedly threatening Uber driver with knife

Paul Beckmann Swedenborg. Photo Courtesy: Summit County Sheriff

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah, March 11, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A Summit County man was arrested after he allegedly threatened an Uber driver with a knife while intoxicated Monday.

A probable cause statement from the 3rd District Court of Silver Summit said Paul Beckmann Swedenborg, 25, is facing charges of third-degree felony aggravated assault, class C misdemeanor intoxication, and infraction disorderly conduct. He was booked into Summit County Jail with his bail set at $5,370.

“I responded to a report of a subject being threatened with a knife,” the arresting officer wrote in the probable cause statement. “Upon arrival in the area I observed a male subject, later identified as Paul Swedenborg, was laying in a snowbank. Paul smelled strongly of alcoholic beverage, had red bloodshot eyes and slurred speech consistent with intoxication.”

While another deputy waited with Swedenborg, the arresting officer made contact with the complainant, referred to in the statement as F.A.

“F.A. stated that he is a driver for Uber and was picking up a fare on Main Street in Park City to take to a residence in the Silver Creek neighborhood,” the statement said. “F.A. said that Paul got into his car and asked if F.A. would give him a ride to Kimball Junction after dropping off the other fare passengers. F.A. agreed at first however changed his mind when he believed he observed Paul and the other fare passengers snorting drugs.”

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At the Silver Creek residence F.A. told Swedenborg to get out of his car and find a different way home, the statement said. The driver stated that Swedenborg became confrontational and argumentative but exited the car. F.A. feared for his safety and locked his cars doors as soon as Swedenborg exited. The driver said that the suspect tried all of the doors to get into the vehicle. F.A. said that Swedenborg then grabbed a piece of firewood nearby and threw it at the car, though no evidence was found that wood was thrown at the car, the statement said.

“F.A. went on to claim that Paul pulled a knife and threatened F.A. with it,” the statement said. “F.A. described the knife as a small black folding knife with a blunted type tip. F.A. said that Paul demanded a ride for free while holding the knife in a threatening manner.”

Swedenborg was placed under arrest for intoxication and disorderly conduct. During a search of Swedenborg’s person a small black SOG brand folding knife with a
blunted tip was located. “With the corroborating evidence of the knife the charge of aggravated assault was added,” the statement said.

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