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Provo police mistakenly assist in detaining 16-year-old boy

Feb 27, 2023, 6:41 PM

A Provo police officer mistakenly detained a 16-year-old boy while searching for a suspect Sunday, ...

A Provo police officer mistakenly detained a 16-year-old boy while searching for a suspect Sunday, Feb. 26. The correct suspect was later apprehended. Ice Peaks Arena Feb. 22, 2007. (Stuart Johnson, Deseret News)

(Stuart Johnson, Deseret News)

PROVO, Utah — A Provo police officer mistakenly detained a 16-year-old boy while searching for a suspect Sunday, Feb. 26.

According to a press release, the Provo Police Department was assisting the Utah State Bail Enforcement Agency in the apprehension of a suspect at the Ice Peaks Arena, in Provo. The suspect was wanted for aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a restricted person.

At approximately 5:25 p.m., Bondsmen located a male who they thought was the suspect. Following this, they “took him to the ground.” A Provo officer assisted in detaining him, according to the press release.

Officers quickly found out this was not the suspect, but rather a 16-year-old juvenile.

Police released the 16-year-old boy. Following this, they immediately communicated with his family who was present at the Arena.

A short time later, the press release states, bondsmen were able to locate and apprehend the correct suspect without further incident.

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Provo police mistakenly assist in detaining 16-year-old boy