Utah police arrest man on a mission to kill four in New Mexico


An Idaho man was on a mission to kill four people in New Mexico, but halfway through his 20-hour drive, Utah police caught up to him.

Dispatch call: “He is schizophrenic and is hearing voices in his head to kill four people in New Mexico.”

Last Wednesday, 25-year-old Joseph Bonnell-Hall told his counselor people in New Mexico were harming him through “magic” and he was coming to the state to “deal with it.”

Dispatch call: “He has access to multiple weapons including firearms and could be armed at this time and could be traveling by himself.”

Bonnell-Hall is schizophrenic and also told his counselor “voices” in his head were telling him to commit the murders.

Bonnell-Hall’s counselor reported his threats to Coeur D’Alene Tribal Police.

Then, an alert was sent to law enforcement agencies across the west.

“This guy needed to be stopped before he got to Albuquerque,” said Lt. Todd Royce with Utah Highway Patrol. “We don’t know exactly what the outcome would have been, but it could have been a very tragic incident if he would have been able to get to Albuquerque.”

Utah Highway Patrol spotted Bonnell-Hall just south of Salt Lake City at the Market Fresh. 

Inside Bonnell-Hall’s black Toyota pickup, police found a firearm, four loaded magazines and a box of bullets.

Police took Bonnell-Hall to a Utah Valley Hospital in Provo and put him on a psychiatric hold. While there, a nurse reported to police that Bonnell-Hall had told her about the voices.

The next day, Bonnell-Hall was taken into custody. Police charged him with four counts of attempted murder and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to assault.

Authorities in Utah say they expect him to rack up more charges with the feds because he carried a gun across state lines.

Pueblo police say they did contact the four people about the alleged attack. The relationship between those people and the suspect is still unclear.

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