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Jury acquits Riverton man accused of assault

Jury acquits Riverton man accused of assault



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Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the outcome of the court case related to the charges reported on Feb. 5, 2012.SALT LAKE CITY — A Riverton man accused of pointing a handgun at a woman on Interstate 15 in Salt Lake County was acquitted by a jury.

Kyle Kirk Bake, 36, was found not guilty of a single count of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony, following a trial in 3rd District Court. The charge stemmed from a Jan. 12, 2012 incident at about 600 North in the southbound lanes of the interstate.

A woman reported to the Utah Highway Patrol that a sports car began tailgating her and she sped up and changed lanes. The sports car sped up as well and got behind her vehicle to begin tailgating her again. The car then pulled alongside her vehicle and the man pointed a black and silver handgun at her, yelling "I'm going to shoot you," according to the charges.

The case went to a two-day trial in September and a jury acquitted Bake.


SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 5, 2012) — A Riverton man is accused of a road rage incident on Interstate 15 in Salt Lake County in which he pointed a handgun at a woman motorist and threatened to kill her.

Kyle Kirk Bake, 35, was charged Thursday with third-degree felony aggravated assault in 3rd District Court stemming from the Jan. 12 incident at about 600 North in the southbound lanes of the interstate.

The woman told the investigating Utah Highway Patrol trooper that a sports car began tailgating her and she sped up and changed lanes. The sports car sped up as well and got behind her vehicle to begin tailgating her again. The car then pulled alongside her vehicle and the man pointed a black and silver handgun at her, yelling "I'm going to shoot you," according to the charges.

She said she noticed what appeared to a laptop with a police sticker on it resting on the dash of the car, as well as plastic handcuffs hanging from the rear view mirror. The woman called 911 and gave dispatchers a description of the vehicle, which included the license plate number.

The investigating trooper tracked the vehicle to Bake's home, where initially he told the officer he would disprove the woman's story by showing him his handgun, according to charges. The trooper then noticed a laptop in the vehicle on a makeshift stand.

A Utah Highway Patrol spokesman said Bake is not affiliated with any police agency.


Email: aodonoghue@ksl.com

Amy Joi O'Donoghue

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