UPDATE: Park City man charged with making threats with knives, AR-15-style rifle
A former professional snowboarder is facing felony charges after police say he held two kitchen knives to a person’s neck during an altercation at his Ontario Avenue home on Saturday, then threatened to shoot another man with an AR-15-style rifle, triggering an hours-long confrontation with police.
Nathan Hale Bozung, 36, was charged Tuesday in 3rd District Court in Silver Summit with third-degree felony counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a restricted person; possession or use of a controlled substance and possession or use of drug paraphernalia, both class B misdemeanors; a class C misdemeanor count of intoxication; and disorderly conduct, an infraction.
According to charging documents, two people who live below Bozung in a multi-unit residence on 402 Ontario Ave. flagged down a Park City Police Department officer at about 3:16 a.m. Saturday morning. They told police that Bozung had been drinking since about 6 p.m. Friday and was highly intoxicated when he picked a fight with another person in his home. When the person refused to fight back, Bozung got angry, grabbed two kitchen knives and held them to the person’s neck before eventually dropping them, the two people told police.
Later, Bozung became agitated when someone touched his rifle, the charging documents state. Bozung attempted to hit the person and retrieved the rifle. He then began loading it while telling the person, “I’m going to shoot you now.” The residents who reported the incident to the police told officers they found magazines and several rounds of ammunition outside Bozung’s unit.
Daniel Lewis, who lives in the unit below Bozung’s, said he heard fighting and body slamming upstairs during the altercations, then left the area when he realized Bozung had access to a gun. Before leaving, Lewis grabbed a bag of ammunition near Bozung’s unit and put it inside his own, he said.
“We all got out of there,” he said. “I just couldn’t believe what was going on.”
When officers responded to the residence, around 3:35 a.m., Bozung remained inside, according to information released by the Park City Police Department. Officers barricaded the streets and created a perimeter around the building. All other occupants had left the residence.
The police were unable to contact Bozung by telephone until a family member reached him around 12:45 p.m., police said. He then surrendered peacefully.
While searching Bozung’s home, officers found the rifle, a .223-caliber round on a coffee table, as well as a pair of kitchen knives — one on the bathroom counter and another on the kitchen floor — according to the charging documents. Officers also found what they believed to be marijuana and rolling papers.
Bozung was arrested and booked into the Summit County Jail. He later posted a $12,230 bail and was released, according to Lt. Andrew Wright of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
Bozung is also facing charges of disorderly conduct and intoxication in the Heber City Justice Court stemming from a separate incident in December. Court records indicate a warrant for his arrest was issued after he failed to appear at a March 22 hearing.
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