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OGDEN — A man was arrested after he threatened a convenience store clerk with a scythe before damaging a vehicle in the parking lot of the store early Tuesday morning, police said.

Police responded to a report of an incident just before 5:45 a.m. and found the clerk locked in her office. She told police a man who had been banned from the store entered with a scythe, which is a tool used to cut crops, according to Ogden Police Lt. Tim Scott.

Scott said police identified the man as Michael Just, 39, of Ogden, who was later located inside his residence in Ogden.

Just didn’t comply with officers and a SWAT team was called before he eventually surrendered to police, Scott said.

The scythe was found in his apartment after a search warrant was served. He was later booked into Weber County Jail.

Just was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, making threats, property damage and criminal trespassing.

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Carter Williams is an award-winning reporter who covers general news, outdoors, history and sports for KSL.com. He previously worked for the Deseret News. He is a Utah transplant by the way of Rochester, New York.

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