UTAH COUNTY

Orem mayor allegedly assaulted by daughter of reporter he disparaged in City Council rant

Sep 20, 2023, 5:44 PM

A screenshot of a video taken by witnesses late Tuesday, when a woman allegedly assaulted Orem Mayo...

A screenshot of a video taken by witnesses late Tuesday, when a woman allegedly assaulted Orem Mayor David Young. (Witness video)

(Witness video)

OREM — The daughter of a newspaper reporter was arrested Tuesday and accused of assaulting Orem Mayor David Young after a City Council meeting in which Young ranted for 20 minutes about news articles and repeatedly disparaged the reporter.

After the meeting, Linnea Pugmire, 31, of Orem, confronted the mayor and, at some point, spit on him and slapped him, according to a police booking affidavit.

“How dare you … do you know what you just did tonight,” she can be heard saying to the mayor in witness video provided to KSL.com. Pugmire was visibly upset and claimed the mayor knew who she was, to which, he said, “I’m sick of being pushed around by your mother.”

“You’re disgusting,” Young said.

“Pugmire admitted to being upset at the mayor over personal concerns with family,” the affidavit says. “While speaking with the victims and witnesses of this incident, officers also learned there was a second victim who had been hit and spit on.” The arrest report does not identify the second person.

Pugmire was booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation of assault, disorderly conduct, propelling a bodily substance and threatening elected officials.

Please see Cassidy Wixom’s complete story on KSL.com.

 

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Orem mayor allegedly assaulted by daughter of reporter he disparaged in City Council rant