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May 6, 2021

Police arrest man who threatened to shoot multiple people in Fillmore

FILLMORE, Millard County — A man who had high-powered air rifles, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and who threatened to kill multiple people, according to police, was taken into custody Thursday by the Millard County Sheriff’s Office.

Lawrence Frassoldati, 58, was arrested for investigation of nearly two dozen crimes including aggravated assault targeting law enforcement, making a terroristic threat, attempted disarmament of a police officer, and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person.

On Thursday, Millard County sheriff’s deputies responded to a hotel in Fillmore where Frassoldati was “yelling, screaming and threatening to kill people,” according to a police affidavit. When a hotel employee called his room to tell him to be quiet, “he told her that he killed Osama Bin Laden, works for the CIA and will kill her as well,” the affidavit states.

Another person told police she heard Frassoldati yell that “he was going to kill ‘the Mormons,'” according to the affidavit. And yet another person saw him walk out of his room with “a rifle slung over his shoulder” while stating he would kill the witness “and everyone else in the hotel.”

A sheriff’s deputy responded to the hotel, knocked on Frassoldati’s door and then heard him say if he entered the room “You would be mine,” according to the affidavit. Frassoldati came out of his room and took a stance “with his fists in the air like he wanted to fight us,” the deputy noted in the affidavit.

Two deputies then found themselves in a struggle with Frassoldati and attempted to use a Taser on him. Frassoldati kicked one deputy in the chest and grabbed a second by the throat “in an attempt to choke me,” the affidavit states. He dug his fingernails into the deputy’s neck, causing him to bleed, according to the affidavit. After the deputies were eventually able to place handcuffs on Frassoldati, he told the deputy he attempted to choke that he could have killed him.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for his hotel room and found “a high-powered .357-caliber air rifle next to the front door,” the affidavit states. Several containers were also found, one with marijuana inside and another with 500 rounds of ammunition for a .22-caliber air rifle in it, according to the affidavit. In Frassoldati’s car, 250 rounds for the .357 air rifle were found as well as “another .22-caliber high-powered air rifle,” the affidavit states.

“(Frassoldati) threatened to kill multiple people during the incident. There was a substantial criminal history of violent charges. (He) threatened to kill a specific community of people,” according to the affidavit.

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