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Utah man with ax terrorizes neighborhood

A man with an ax terrorized residents in a Murray, Utah, neighborhood on Tuesday, according to local news reports.

The 26-year-old man was carrying a hatchet when he allegedly broke into a Murray home and attacked two residents, Salt Lake City's NBC-affiliate KSL reported. Murray is to the south of Salt Lake City. The man then tried to break into three other nearby homes, but was eventually arrested on the roof of a house, according to KSL.

No people were hurt in these incidents.


Murray police Detective Kenny Bass told KSL that the ordeal began when the man stole a vehicle in Salt Lake City and later broke into a home at about 4:30 a.m. MT. The man allegedly attempted to hit the ankles of a sleeping person with the blunt end of his hatchet, KSL reported.

One of the houses the man attacked was that of Minya Alisa, KSL reported. She and her family awoke to a noise at their door.

"You couldn't even make that noise with a fist. It sounded like someone had a big sledge hammer and was trying to bang through the door," she told KSL. "We were so scared, we were freaking out."

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After a one-hour standoff between the man and authorities, police were able to finally take the man into custody, according to KSL.

The man's name has not been released and he was taken to a hospital for unspecified injuries, KSL reported.

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