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Man pistol-whipped, cut sleeping victim, police say

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Posted - Oct. 11, 2020 at 10:27 a.m.

WEST VALLEY CITY — A man accused of pistol-whipping and cutting an acquaintance was arrested after running away from officers while carrying a loaded gun, police said.

William Timothy Teeple, 41, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail early Thursday for investigation of aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, three counts of possession of a weapon by a restricted person, assault and other potential charges.

The incident began Wednesday night when Teeple went to the Redwood Apartments, 4000 S. Redwood, to visit a man.

While at the apartment, Teeple went into a room where the man’s brother was sleeping, “and jumped on top of him and started striking the victim with the butt of (his) handgun. The victim stated that (Teeple) was holding his gun to his side and saying, ‘Do you feel this? I will kill you,’” according to a police affidavit.

Teeple then took the victim’s knife that he had in his pocket, and “cut his forearm and the top of his head, causing substantial bodily injury,” according to the affidavit, then choked the victim “around the neck restricting his ability to breathe.”

The report does not indicate what prompted the attack.

Afterward, Teeple made the man leave his own apartment and told him to “never come back or he would kill him,” according to the affidavit. But after kicking the man out of the apartment, Teeple continued following the victim, “kicking him telling him to keep going and not come back or he would kill him.”

When police went to interview Teeple, they said he answered the door holding a gun in a holster, but never pointed it at officers. He then closed the door and locked it and tried to get away by climbing out a window, the affidavit states.

An officer ran after Teeple and was able to catch him and arrest him. He had a loaded handgun and two pocket knives on him when he was arrested, according to police.

In 2017, Teeple was convicted of two counts of aggravated assault for trying to attack several people who were inside a car with a hatchet and a hammer, according to court records.

Pat Reavy

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