Landlord arrested after breaking in, chasing tenant with sledgehammer

Police said in a statement that the landlord had a “strong odor” of alcohol coming from him.

A 60-year-old man was arrested early Monday after he allegedly broke into his tenant’s home and chased him with a sledgehammer.

According to the probable cause statement, officers responded to the Millcreek home around 4:30 Monday morning to a burglary in progress. They found the man outside the tenant’s residence with a sledgehammer, after he had “destroyed the door.”

The tenant told police the man had “chased him through his home” with the weapon just before the officers arrived. Once the man was able to get to the street, his landlord allegedly threw the sledgehammer at him.

The arresting officer wrote in the statement that the landlord “had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage” coming from his person. The man also yelled at several correctional officers while being booked at the Salt Lake County Jail, saying “he was going to get his sons to come after us and kill us.”

The man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and aggravated assault, along with two misdemeanors.