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Expect the Unexpected When It Comes to SLC Crime

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Taking out the trash  and returning from church can be dangerous pursuits, according to the Salt Lake City Police Department watch log. 

On Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, a man was disposing of trash in a compactor at the back of a medical facility on South Temple.

Unbeknownst to him, 52-year-old Kenneth Underwood had been availing himself of a place to sleep behind the compacter. The man's activity roused Underwood from his slumber and sufficiently irked him to the point that he attacked the man from behind.

Underwood's weapon of choice was the metal cross-bar portion of a file-hanging system. Fortunately for Underwood's target, the weapon lacked a sharpened edge with which to inflict injury, and the intended victim escaped without injury.

"Kenneth was also seeing imaginary people armed with guns," the watch log noted. He was booked in jail on assault and possession charges. 

On Sunday Sept. 6, a 44-year-old woman took her 90-year-old grandmother to church. Just after noon, on the way back home, the good Samaritan stopped near 300 West and 800 North to drop off her grandmother's friend. She escorted the woman to her home, leaving her Lexus running with her grandmother inside.

This apparently proved too much in the way of temptation for a passing male in his 30s who jumped in the car and took off. "The suspect eventually noticed grandma in the car and decided to leave it on the side of the road, but not before stealing her purse," according to the watch log.    

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