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SALT LAKE CITY — A man badly injured another man Tuesday after walking into a Salt Lake tire shop saying he wanted to “kill someone” before striking the other man in the head with a metal pipe, police said.
Alan Covington, 50, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Tuesday on suspicion of aggravated assault, according to jail records.
He walked into Lopez Tires, 1647 Main St., about 9:30 a.m. and said, “I’m going to kill someone,” before swinging a metal pipe, police said. The men inside the shop fled outside onto the sidewalk, but the man hit one of the employees in the head with the pipe.
The victim was transported to a local hospital in critical condition but was upgraded to serious condition when he arrived. The man with the pipe also hit the victim’s father, cutting his forearm.
Police believe the man with the pipe may have been suffering from a “mental health crisis,” though they are unsure if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the case, Salt Lake police detective Robert Ungricht said. Police do not believe the man knew any of the men in the tire shop or had any connection to the business.
Covington was arrested and booked shortly after.
According to court records, Covington has a long history with law enforcement in Utah and, in the last decade, was found guilty of assault twice and was charged with assault three separate times, as well as domestic violence, though those four cases were ultimately dismissed.
Court records also show that in the last three years, he was also found guilty of attempted drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal trespass, among other things.