Suspect facing felony charges after allegedly accosting missionaries at gunpoint in West Jordan

West Jordan police took an intoxicated man, Michael Jon Willy, into custody after he allegedly brandished a firearm at four LDS missionaries and demanded money from them outside of the Exxon gas station at 3731 W. Jordan Landing Blvd. on Friday night, Jan. 11, 2019. Photo: Gephardt Daily/MonicoGarza/SLCScanner

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WEST JORDAN, Utah, Jan. 11, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A man was taken into custody Friday night after police say he brandished a firearm and demanded money from four missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Sgt. James Kangas, West Jordan Police Department, said the intoxicated suspect  approached the four young men and brandished a handgun while he asked for cash.

The missionaries went into the Exxon gas station at 3731 W. Jordan Landing Blvd., purchased an item and got cash back, which they handed over to the man.

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After the suspect left, the young men made a phone call and reported the incident.

An officer who was in the area located the adult male suspect and took him into custody. The handgun was recovered as well.

Kangas said the suspect has been booked into Salt Lake County jail, where he now is facing charges of aggravated robbery and kidnapping.


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