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Man carrying explosives arrested near West Valley library, police say

Police booked a man into the Salt Lake County Jail Wednesday after they say he was spotted near a library in West Valley City with multiple homemade explosive devices and other weapons.

Police booked a man into the Salt Lake County Jail Wednesday after they say he was spotted near a library in West Valley City with multiple homemade explosive devices and other weapons. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)



WEST VALLEY CITY — A man who police say was carrying several explosive devices and other weapons was arrested Wednesday in a parking lot near a West Valley library.

Just before 8 p.m., police were called to the area of 4642 W. 4065 South on a report of a man with a bomb in his hand. Kyle Amos Winn, 29, was spotted by police "walking in the parking lot toward an open public library near the intersection of 4800 West and 4100 South," which is near Hunter Library, according to a police booking affidavit.

Winn was carrying two large machetes in his waistband in addition to a third knife, the affidavit states.

"A lighter, along with several black tape-wrapped, dynamite-shaped items with wicks were removed from his pockets. An improvised handgun, made with a pipe, wrench, and clamps was also removed from his waistband. In his backpack were additional similar improvised explosive devices," police wrote in the arrest report.

The homemade explosive devices were in glass or metal containers.

"Four of the devices were described to contain black powder and white phosphorus. The fifth container was reported to contain metal ball bearings, BBs and black powder. This fifth device has the capability to cause severe injury or death to multiple victims due to the contents," according to the affidavit.

The West Valley police bomb squad was called to the scene to handle the items that were found.

Winn was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of four counts of having an incendiary device and one count of possessing a weapon of mass destruction. Family members told police that Winn has a long history of mental illness, including delusions and hallucinations, but refuses to take medication for it, the affidavit states.

West Valley police spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku praised the first officers who arrived at the scene and confronted Winn and were able to resolve the situation peacefully.

"These officers did an excellent job implementing their training and creating some distance, which gave them time to communicate. Their actions to de-escalate this situation are the reason everyone went home safely," she said.

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