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A man tied to two crimes says a higher power told him to 'purge' the city

A press release about the attempted homicide on July 11th.
Will Farr
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Ogden Police UT on Facebook
A person getting arrested

A Utah man allegedly tied to a murder in Spanish Fork last week was arrested for an attempted murder that happened on Saturday.

Witnesses say 28-year-old Christian Francis Taele (Tale) approached the victim, unprovoked, and started to beat and strangle him with gym equipment before taking him behind a dumpster.

The victim is in the hospital in critical condition with no brain activity.

Taele told police that he was “directed by a higher power to ‘purge’ the city.”