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Man arrested for trespassing at South Jordan home where explosives previously found

Posted at 10:39 PM, Dec 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 10:41:45-05

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — Police say a man was caught Saturday trespassing at a South Jordan home that was found to be filled with explosives in July and its owner arrested.

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Officers responded to the home near 3350 West and 10400 South on reports that a suspicious person entered it. They say they found the fence surrounding the house "pushed out to allow entrance" and the basement door broken in.

They found 36-year-old Aaron Mitchell Norris inside the home, and he was booked on suspicion of criminal trespassing, a class-A misdemeanor. Police say the property is fenced in, boarded up and clearly marked as "no entry."

The home belonged to Ryan McManigal, who was arrested July 24 after a shootout with police. Later that day, police found a large amount of explosives in his home, causing a neighborhood-wide evacuation while they detonated the materials.

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McManigal is still in jail awaiting trial for multiple charges, including attempted murder and possessing "weapon[s] of mass destruction."

Police did not say whether Norris and McManigal are connected in any way.

In October, a cousin of McManigal's was in the home working on repairs when a homemade bomb went off, injuring him. McManigal's sister told FOX 13 she believed it was a booby trap set up by her brother.