Knife-wielding man arrested at FBI offices in Salt Lake City
Published: September 18, 2012 07:39AM
Updated: January 7, 2013 11:31PM

An apparent hostage situation that started Monday afternoon at a Salt Lake City building — where the FBI has its offices — ended when federal agents confronted the knife-wielding man, who was taken into custody by police.

The knife-wielder took a man who works in the building against his will into an elevator on the 6th floor of the 257 Tower Building at 257 E. 200 South, at about 4:40 p.m., according to police.

The suspect, a man in his 40s, held the victim at knifepoint and told him it was a “hostage situation,” police wrote in jail booking documents.

A witness called 911 to report the attack, said Salt Lake City police Lt. Josh Scharman.

The suspect and victim went to the 12th floor, which is the lobby for the FBI offices.

There, agents confronted the man, who did not resist arrest, police said.

The 911 caller indicated the suspect had a gun, but officers found he was carrying only the knife, along with a plastic shopping bag that contained clothing.

Scharman said the situation was over in minutes. No one was injured.

The suspect was booked into jail on suspicion of aggravated kidnapping.

ealberty@sltrib.com