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Men Accused Of Setting Booby Traps Near Utah Trail

Two men have been arrested on suspicion setting booby traps near a popular hiking trail in Utah.

Utah County sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon says 19-year-old Benjamin Rutkowski of Orem and 21-year-old Kai Christensen of Provo were booked Saturday into the county jail for investigation of misdemeanor reckless endangerment.

Cannon says a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer with military experience discovered the booby traps at entrances of a crude shelter made of dead tree limbs in Provo Canyon.

If activated, one trip wire would have sent a device made with a large rock and sharpened sticks swinging toward the head of an unsuspecting hiker or camper.

The trip wire at the other entrance was designed to cause a person to fall down on sharpened sticks placed in the ground.

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