Man uses ancient farm tool to threaten store employee

Posted at 2:46 AM, Aug 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-04 02:46:01-04

OGDEN, UT (KUTV/CNN) - An ancient farm tool was the weapon of choice for a suspected attacker in Utah.

Police said the man threatened a store clerk with a scythe, a sharp tool used for cutting wheat or grass.

Video showed the suspect inside the store, where he is accused of threatening a clerk.

"He came into the store with a scythe and made threats to kill her with that item," Lt. Tim Scott of the Ogden police said.

Police said Michael Just's announced intentions of being a grim reaper were met by a calm, smart decision.

"An employee at the store locked herself in an office," Scott said.

She called 911, police arrived quickly and the scythe-carrying man apparently realized fright morning was over.

"Responding officers made their way to his house. They were able to actually see him inside the house. They tried to engage him, made contact with him and he was uncooperative," Scott said.

Eventually, police said a SWAT team and negotiators arranged a safe surrender.

"We haven't seen this weapon used in particular, it's an unusual occurrence," Scott said.

The suspect could end up facing aggravated assault and other charges.

Police said they found the weapon at his home.

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