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Solicitor arrested in Herriman after alleged aggression

By Celeste Tholen Rosenlof | Posted - May 22nd, 2013 @ 11:27pm

HERRIMAN — A solicitor was arrested Wednesday after residents complained that he was being aggressive.

Aaron Howell, 38, was arrested Wednesday after Unified Police received reports Tuesday of him being aggressive while selling cleaning products door to door.

Officers had been looking for Howell, Lt. Justin Hoyal said, when they received another call about an aggressive solicitor. Police were able to locate Howell and interview him, and then took him into custody.

According to Hoyal, Howell had been working as part of a group, but police had not received complaints toward other solicitors in that group.

The group had obtained a 10-day soliciting permit from Herriman to sell cleaning products, Hoyal said.

The incident has police reminding residents that they should shut the door if a solicitor becomes aggressive, and then call police. If a resident does not feel comfortable to answer the door to a solicitor, they should not do so, Hoyal said.

"I would recommend to other citizens that if they're concerned about it, to check with their local cities and see if they have similar city ordinances (to Herriman) in regards to the soliciting ordinances," he said.

Howell was booked into Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of charges of violating Herriman's soliciting ordinance, disorderly conduct and trespassing.

Contributing: Angie Reed and Devon Dolan

Celeste Tholen Rosenlof

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