Young man in custody for starting fire, threatening high school employee with knife

SYRACUSE , Utah (ABC4 Utah)- A young man is sitting in a youth detention center after police say he threatened a school employee with a knife and then started a fire behind the school.

It happened Wednesday night around 8:30 p.m. at Syracuse High School. They say he walked in wearing a bandana on his face. When a school custodian asked him to leave, police say he pulled out a knife before taking off.

Once investigators got to the scene they noticed a fire had been started near a dumpster behind the school. Fire crews were able to put the flames out immediately.

Students inside attending after-school activities were escorted out as officers searched for the suspect.

He was later identified and taken into custody. Because he was underage police say he was booked into Farmington Bay Youth Center on charges of aggravated assault, arson, and criminal trespass.

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