Court Today: Utah Man Charged with the Kidnapping of 6 Mormon Missionaries

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Alfred Paul Herrera held the missionaries in his home at gunpoint

Alfredo Paul Herrera has been charged with kidnapping six missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. According to the police, the West Valley, Utah man had invited the missionaries to his house and held them at gunpoint.

Last week, Herrera was charged with three third degrees felonies; possession of a firearm by a restricted person, two counts of aggravated assault and six counts of aggravated kidnapping. The bail is amount is set at $100,00, Herrera is scheduled to appear in court on today.

As per the charging documents, on June 20, six Mormon missionaries visited Herrera’s house after an invite the previous day. However, things took a turn. Herrera started asking personal questions after offering them alcohol and then showed them a gun.

One of the men said he did not want to hold the gun, which upset Herrera and he pointed it at two of the missionaries and did not allow any of them to leave his house until he gave permission. Herrera held them in his home for over an hour, after the missionaries we to calm him down.

Herrera was found guilty of attempted violation of a 2017 domestic violence case court-ordered jail release agreement. In this case, the conditions for his probations included agreeing to not to possess firearms or consume alcohol and completing treatment for substance abuse and domestic violence.

This is not Herrera’s, also known as Paul Gutierrez Marquez, first domestic violence case. In 2010 he pleaded guilty to battery, and in 2015 he was convicted of assault. Then he had a 2017 assault charged which was dropped however he was convicted of intoxication.

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