Aposhian facing fourth charge after alleged domestic violence

Posted at 6:26 PM, May 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-29 20:26:51-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- A well-known Utah gun rights advocate was booked into jail on three charges Monday, and on Wednesday police added a fourth charge.

Clark Aposhian was arrested and charged following an incident outside the home of his ex-wife, and the most recent charge to be added is domestic violence in the presence of a child.

Sgt. Mark Askerlund, Cottonwood Heights Police Department, described the allegations against Aposhian.

"In this particular case it's alleged Mr. Aposhian threatened to bury his ex-wife and her new husband or boyfriend, so that's a threat.”

According to Aposhian’s booking statement, his daughter witnessed Monday’s incident and told officers she was scared when her father showed up in the large military surplus vehicle, and she was afraid he would crash it into the cars.

Askerlund said Aposhian drove the large vehicle onto the victim’s lawn Monday.

"Known as a deuce and half, honked the air horn, pulled onto residence, running over the lawn and almost striking her vehicle,” he said.

Fox 13 News has learned Aposhian’s ex-wife has applied for a protective order against him. If approved, the order could limit his ability to go near his ex—which includes attending the same Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ward for services. It could also restrict Aposhian’s ability to carry a firearm.

Aposhian’s attorney, Mitch Vilos, issued a statement that said in part: “My preliminary investigation strongly indicates that the charges against Mr. Aposhian are false… Mr Aposhian made no threats and Mr. Aposhian will be completely vindicated.”