Man threatened to kill people in rural Utah church, police say

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PRICE — A man who police say threatened to kill people at a church in Price was arrested Sunday.

Brenden John Polito, 32, of Price, was booked into the Carbon County Jail for investigation of making a terroristic threat and disorderly conduct.

At 10:40 a.m., the pastor of the Liberty Faith Fellowship Church, 1630 N. 1550 West, reported "that he had received some very concerning Facebook audio recordings" from Polito that morning, according to a jail booking report.

The audio messages, "imply that Brenden is going to kill a bunch of people. The pastor also advised me there were 4 different people named in the recordings. During the threats Brenden implies he is going to kill 2 of them," according to the report.

The deputy who listened to the recordings is familiar with Polito and recognized his voice, the report states.

By the time the deputy got the information he needed from the pastor, it was already 11:15 a.m. Church was scheduled to start at 11 a.m. but was being delayed, the report states. The pastor had an assistant watch the front door as Carbon County sheriff's deputies and Price police officers conducted an investigation.

Officers searched addresses in Price and Carbonville looking for Polito, according to the report. Eventually he was spotted walking down a street and arrested.

"Brenden implied that the messages were song lyrics," the report states. "However, the messages never implied that they were. Due to the fact Brenden’s recorded threats caused the interruption of the Liberty Faith Fellowship Church I booked him into Carbon County Jail."

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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