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Utahn breaks into ex-girlfriend's apartment, attacks 2, police say

Taylorsville police have arrested a man accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend's apartment and attacking two women inside.

Taylorsville police have arrested a man accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend's apartment and attacking two women inside. (Virrage Images, Shutterstock)



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TAYLORSVILLE — A man was arrested Monday after police say he broke into his ex-girlfriend's apartment and attacked two people.

Aaron Kyle Sealy, 28, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of two counts of aggravated assault, aggravated burglary, domestic violence in the presence of a child, and two counts of criminal mischief.

About 11:30 a.m. Monday, police say Sealy went to his ex-girlfriend's apartment near 4000 South and 1300 West after the two had had an argument via text over child custody.

"Aaron used a large torque wrench to break the glass on (the ex-girlfriend's) sliding glass door and then made entry through that door," according to a police booking affidavit.

The woman locked herself in her bedroom as Sealy entered her apartment, but he "broke (her) bedroom door in half to make entry into her bedroom. Aaron was carrying a large butcher knife and came after (his ex-girlfriend) trying to stab her," the affidavit states.

When the woman started to scream, a second woman who was in the apartment and was hiding in the bathroom came out and tackled Sealy, the affidavit states. While the second woman held Sealy down, his ex-girlfriend and their young daughter ran out of the apartment.

Sealy broke free from the second woman and ran out of the apartment looking for the others but did not find them, according to police. He found her car, however, parked across the street and "slashed three tires, broke out one fog light, and broke out the rear window and driver side rear window," the affidavit says.

Officers arrived a short time later and Sealy was taken safely into custody despite him telling officers that he wanted them to shoot him, according to police.

The two women suffered cutting injuries to their hands but their injuries were not life-threatening. Police believe, however, that if the second woman hadn't been visiting at the time, the results could have been worse.

"The severity of the attack today was such that it left no doubt in the minds of (the two women) that if (the second woman) wasn't surprisingly at (the ex-girlfriend's) home today, Aaron would've been able to kill (his ex)," police wrote in the affidavit.

The arrest report notes that Sealy "has severe medical conditions which are terminal" and that he "explained to officers how everything is coming down on him and has now twice documented how he intended to commit suicide by cop."

Officers say Sealy's "violence is escalating" and they are concerned that he has a "nothing left to lose attitude," the affidavit states. Police have asked that he be held in jail pending the filing of formal criminal charges.

The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition operates a confidential statewide, 24-hour domestic abuse hotline at 1-800-897-LINK (5465). Resources are also available online at udvc.org.

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

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