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Potentially deadly booby traps discovered in Provo Canyon area

PROVO CANYON, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Police arrested two men accused of setting up potentially deadly booby traps in the Provo Canyon area.
Fort where booby traps were located
Fort where booby traps were located
sharp sticks poking up out of ground near trip wire
sharp sticks poking up out of ground near trip wire
PROVO CANYON, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Police arrested two men accused of setting up potentially deadly booby traps in the Provo Canyon area.

They were positioned in the South Fork Canyon aboce the Big Sprins Trailhead parking lot in an area popular for hiking and camping.

The suspects names are Benjamin Rutkowski who is 19-years-old from Orem and Kai Christensen who is 21-years-old from Provo.

The two men are accused of setting up the traps April 15 in and around a crude fort, but those traps were discovered the following day before they could do harm.

One trap was made from sharp sticks tied to a rock about the size of a football. It hung up overhead where it waited for someone to step on a trip wire to set in on a direct path for what would have likely been a head or chest.

A second booby trap was just inside the back entrance to the fort. A low door would force a would be victim to crouch low, trip over a wire and fall onto sharp sticks jutting up from the ground.

Rutkowski and Christensen told police they set up the booby traps to catch wild animals, but the traps are next to a walking trail and are near a small fort small children or even adults could likely walk into.

Utah County Sheriff’s Deputies say the traps could hurt or kill.

Deputies say they have never seen anything like this.

The suspects were caught when police turned to Facebook to search for the suspect. Their friends turned them in fearing they could eventually hurt someone.





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