Hikers never knew several deadly spiked booby traps awaited them at a Utah trail
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Hikers never knew several deadly spiked booby traps awaited them at a Utah trail

Provo : UT : USA | Apr 23, 2012 at 8:34 AM PDT
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Provo Canyon - Pleasant Grove, Orem & parts of Provo, Utah / ユタ

Two young men were held for setting up the traps

Benjamin Steven Rutkowski and Kai Matthew Christensen end up arrested; booked on ‘reckless endangerment’ counts, these men sought ‘fun’ by putting others’ lives in danger. The duo allegedly placed various booby traps, extremely dangerous in nature; at a Utah hiking trail, said police.

Police say Benjamin Steven and Kai Matthew, respectively 19 and 21, belong to Provo and they confessed to setting up the said trip wires and other potentially harmful traps. Trip wires for instance, could send a ball made of spiked branches, right into any person's head. Similarly, a passer-by could easily end up into a bed of sharp wooden stakes; set up by the duo at various spots at Provo Canyon’s Big Sprigs trail.

The arrests followed when on last Saturday, the traps were discovered quite by chance; a military-trained officer patrolling the area on foot, discovered them. As mentioned above, one of the traps was a 20lb ball rigged to swing into a hiker’s head, informed U.S. Forest Service officer James Schoeffler. He was on a routine foot patrol through the South Fork Canyon when something caught his eyes; just outside a ‘The Fort’ building, under use of families and young hikers.

The wooden-spike ball and other traps were expertly designed and would activate; the moment a person could enter the shelter. The treacherous bed of stakes found lying outside another popular shelter’s to the trail could easily send the would-be-victim to a hospital; with serious injuries. Tracking their Facebook conversations and contact information; the detectives were able to identify Benjamin and Kai.

They also spoke to various locals they believed were familiar with the trails. Good for the duo, the traps did not activate, said police and added had it happened so; both the men would have faced felony charges.

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One of the extremely dangerous traps set up by the two men arrested, in Big Springs trail in Provo Canyon.
NadeemIftekhar is based in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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