A West Jordan man is charged with felony assault in connection with a confrontation last month in Grantsville.
Jonathan Aiello, 38, was charged with third-degree felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct after an incident on Oct. 29.
Grantsville City police officers were dispatched to a fight that involved multiple individuals, according to a probable cause statement. When officers arrived, the groups involved in the fight were separated and officers interviewed the victim and witnesses.
The eyewitness accounts agreed the suspect, identified as Aiello, had begun to threaten another man for being a “child molester and baby rapist,” according to the probable cause statement. Witnesses also said Aiello threatened to have the victim’s children taken away.
After the verbal exchange, witnesses said Aiello went to his truck and returned with a blue-handled knife and used it to threaten the male victim, the statement said.
In his interview with police, Aiello admitted to making the statements and threats toward the victim but said he had gone to his truck for the knife but did not retrieve it, the statement said. Aiello told officers they could search the truck and would find the knife inside the center console of the truck, giving them permission to search the vehicle.
Officers found the blue-handled knife inside the truck, which matched the description of the witnesses and victim, according to the probable cause statement. Aiello was placed under arrest; a subsequent search of the vehicle turned up no other weapons or illegal substances.
Aiello made his initial appearance in 3rd District Court on Monday and is scheduled to appear again for a roll call hearing before Judge Robert Adkins at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 10.