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Man attacks police after threatening to kill hotel guests and 'The Mormons'

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A man was arrested at a Utah motel after guests reported him making threats, including that he was going to kill everyone staying there and "the Mormons." (FILE photo: KUTV)

A man was arrested at a Utah motel after guests reported him making threats, including that he was going to kill everyone staying there and "the Mormons."

Lawrence Frassoldati, 58, faces 10 charges related to assaulting officers, threats of terrorism, possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person and drug possession.

Millard County Sheriff's deputies originally responded to a request for law enforcement at the Best Western Paradise Inn & Resort in Fillmore, Utah, where a motel worker said after she called Frassoldati, by way of a room phone, he threatened to kill her. He also reportedly told her he killed Osama Bin Laden and works for the CIA.

Another woman told deputies that she heard Frassoldati yelling that he was going to kill "The Mormons" and saw him threaten a man who was trying to leave the hotel.

Another man told detectives he saw Frassoldati exit a room with a rifle slung over his shoulder and was confronted by him including threats that he would "kill him and everyone else in the hotel."

Deputies said they approached Frassoldati's room and smelled marijuana. After knocking on Frassoldati's door, deputies reported that he told them if they entered the room "you would be mine." Frassoldati left the room with a marijuana pipe in hand that he attempted to light. When approached by deputies, Frassoldati reportedly assumed a fighting stance and approached deputies in an aggressive manner.

One officer deployed a taser, according to court documents, and then Frassoldati kicked an officer in the chest and when another officer grabbed Frassoldati's arm "suspect grabbed me around the throat in an attempt to choke me."

The report states Frassoldati dug his fingernails into the skin on the deputy's neck, scratch him and causing his to bleed.

"I have marks on my neck on both sides from where he grabbed me," the deputy states in the report. The law officers put Frassoldati in hand restraints and then Frassoldati allegedly told the deputy he could have killed him when he choked him.

With a warrant, officers located a "high powered .357 caliber air rifle" as well as 500 rounds for a ".22 caliber high powered air rifle" in the man's hotel room. The search also turned up a substance that tested presumptive positive for marijuana. In a car search deputies found 200 rounds for the .357 rifle, more marijuana and a .22 rifle.

Probable cause documents asked for the continued detention of Frassoldati because he is charged with felonies and because he threatened to kill multiple people, including "a specific community of people" and because of a "substantial criminal history of violent charges."

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