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Juvenile suspect in violent Payson attacks in custody

Posted at 9:26 AM, Aug 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-15 23:11:29-04

The Payson Police Department has reported that the suspect in Friday’s violent attacks is now in custody.

After a series of leads provided by the public, they were able to identify the 17-year-old suspect, who chose to turn himself in to authorities at 4:00 a.m. Saturday morning and was taken into custody without incident.

Because the suspect is a juvenile, his name will not be released, but he has been booked into Slate Canyon Youth Detention on charges of attempted aggravated murder, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated child abuse, two counts of child abuse, burglary of a dwelling, obstruction of justice, two charges of criminal trespass, and disorderly conduct.

The victim is currently in the ICU in critical condition.

Authorities would like to thank the public for both their tips, and for providing home video surveillance that helped identify the suspect.