Hearing slated for chiropractor
July 18, 2008
A preliminary hearing was scheduled Monday for a chiropractor accused of trying to blow up his office in Park City.
The next court appearance for Salt Lake County resident Matthew Ian Zarit is slated in 3rd District Court Aug. 11 at 1:30 p.m. The man is entitled to a preliminary hearing before he is required to enter a plea.
Zarit was arrested after bomb-making supplies were found at his office in Prospector, the authorities say.
A bomb squad from Salt Lake helped secure the scene when the material was discovered June 2 at about 1 a.m. at 1901 Prospector Ave., investigators said.
An employee at the building found the material, according to Park City police Capt. Rick Ryan.
The 36-year-old suspect was arrested at his home in Holladay.
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Suspicious equipment found in a hallway at the office building included several gallons of gasoline, sodium hydroxide, road flares and a fuse, according to police.
Items found in the suspect’s office in the building tied him to the supplies, investigators claim.
"He admitted that he wanted to burn down the whole building for insurance purposes," information the Summit County Attorney’s Office filed against Zarit states.
Zarit is charged with possession of an incendiary device, a second-degree felony, and attempted arson, a third-degree felony.
A dentist with an office in the building called officers June 2 at about 1 a.m.
"[Zarit] placed four five-gallon [black] containers filled with gasoline and sodium hydroxide in the hallway of the office building," court papers state.
Investigators say Zarit admitted to police that he "had a timing device to ignite the whole building," the court filing states.
Those who are convicted of second-degree felonies in Utah could serve one to 15 years in prison for each count. People convicted of third-degree felonies could be sent to prison for up to five years for each count.