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Man charged with making death threats in Millard County attacks deputy at jail, police say

Man charged with making death threats in Millard County attacks deputy at jail, police say


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FILLMORE — A man already charged with threatening to kill multiple people in Millard County is now in more trouble for allegedly attacking a deputy while incarcerated.

Lawrence Frassoldati, 58, of Ventura, California, was charged in 4th District Court this week with two counts of assault on a police officer and making a terroristic threat, both second-degree felonies; disarming a police officer, a third-degree felony; and six misdemeanors.

On April 29, Millard County sheriff's deputies responded to a hotel in Fillmore where Frassoldati was "yelling, screaming and threatening to kill people," according to a police affidavit, including a threat to "kill the Mormons."

Deputies attempting to arrest Frassoldati tried deploying a Taser before finding themselves in a hand-to-hand struggle with him. Frassoldati kicked one deputy in the chest and grabbed a second by the throat "in an attempt to choke me," a deputy wrote in the affidavit. He allegedly dug his fingernails into the deputy's neck, causing him to bleed.

Inside Frassoldati's hotel room, deputies reported seizing two high-powered air rifles.

The new allegations against Frassoldati include attacking a deputy at the Millard County Jail on Wednesday.

Frassoldati had called a deputy to his cell. The deputy opened his cell door and Frassoldati immediately exited. On security cameras, investigators observed "Frassoldati take an aggressive stance with both hands up and turned, blading his posture, with his left side forward towards (the deputy)," according to a police affidavit. "It appeared that Frassoldati was setting himself up to attack."

Frassoldati then allegedly lunged at the deputy and both fell to the ground. As another deputy ran to the area to help, the first deputy was able to move away from Frassoldati, who then "got up and charged" at the deputy again, according to the affidavit.

The second deputy used a Taser, which temporarily worked. But after the discharge cycle ended, police say Frassoldati pulled the Taser prongs out of his back and refused to get back in his cell.

As more deputies attempted to get Frassoldati into his cell, he made comments such as, "Where did I go wrong?" before finally complying with the deputies' commands. "Frassoldati then returned to his cell stating that he had failed," the affidavit states.

The first deputy who was attacked suffered a knee injury, "the extent of which is not fully known pending further diagnostic testing, however at this time he is unable to walk or put any weight on it," according to the affidavit.

Deputies noted that Frassoldati is being held without bail "due to direct threats of killing members of a religious group."

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the team in 2021 after many years of reporting for the Deseret News


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