SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake City man was taken into custody overnight after he allegedly threatened a group of people with a saw and used it to cut a man in the face.
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Samuel Hubble, 32, was arrested for aggravated assault, criminal mischief and obstruction of justice.
Just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, police say Hubble was walking with a cordless saw near the area of 200 South and 300 East when he came into contact with a group walking a dog. During the confrontation, Hubble became tangled in the dog's leash and activated the saw and pointed it towards the group.
According to the victims, Hubble attempted to cut the leash before hitting a male victim in the face with the saw, causing a small cut to the man's forehead.
Hubble then allegedly went inside his home and returned with what was described as a metal pipe and used it to break the windows of a vehicle in which a female victim was hiding.
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Neighbor Dorothy McGee said she heard the SWAT team across her street. She took her dog outside with her and watched the standoff unfold.
“Four times I heard them asking him to come out. And he never did,” McGee explained.
McGee said she’s concerned her neighborhood is no longer safe. She said the block’s gotten worse since she moved in seven years ago.
“I used to be able to walk around the block, happy with my dog, no problems,” she said. “Now I have to watch everywhere I go.”
Devin Isaksen lives in the same apartment as the victims. He told FOX 13 News that Tuesday night wasn’t the first time police had to respond to the home.
“Twice is too much,” Isaksen said.
Like McGee, Isaksen said he doesn’t feel as safe on his block like he used to. He said two months ago he was struck by a man on the sidewalk outside his apartment.
“He hit me right here and broke my jaw in two places. Had to have surgery. Got a scar there,” he said, tracing a line on his neck. “We’re moving out as soon as we can…It’s nice to be close to stuff downtown, but it’s not really worth it anymore.”
According to crime statistics from the Salt Lake City Police Department, that district has seen a 26.7% uptick in violent crime compared to 2020.
Following the confrontation, Hubble returned to his home, leading to the police department's SWAT team to be called to the scene. After Hubble refused to leave the home, the team was granted a search warrant and entered the building and was able to take Hubble into custody without issue.
Inside the home, officers found a saw and metal baseball bat.