An Orem man was arrested and charged last week after he reportedly threatened to shoot his wife’s family members because he was upset over their divorce.
The threat caused a lockdown at a Lehi elementary school where the wife’s sister works and a Pleasant Grove business where the man formerly worked.
Prosecutors charged Jared Luke Farnsworth, 43, with attempted murder, a first-degree felony, or in the alternative, a threat of terrorism, a second-degree felony.
According to court documents, Farnsworth’s wife had recently left him, moved to Idaho and blocked his phone calls because of his “unwanted attempts to reach her.”
On Dec. 5, Farnsworth emailed and called his estranged wife repeatedly while she was working at a medical clinic, according to court documents. The woman reportedly answered the phone to get Farnsworth to stop calling her.
“During the conversation, the defendant begged his wife to not file for divorce and to get back together with him. After she told him it was over and she was not getting back together, he began to threaten her,” the court document states.
Farnsworth said he planned to hurt her family members who still lived in Utah County and she would see it on the news. Investigators said he had also previously sent the woman photographs of a 9 mm handgun.
Believing Farnsworth blamed her family for influencing her to leave him, the wife called 911. As she spoke on the phone with a dispatcher, another 911 call came from one of Farnsworth’s former coworkers.
The co-worker told dispatchers he had just finished a conversation with Farnsworth. The man had told the coworker he was upset with their employer in Pleasant Grove and wanted to “go out by sending a message.”
Farnsworth also said he was going to hurt his wife’s family “so she would feel the pain she was putting him through,” court documents stated.
Officers arrested Farnsworth in Orem as he drove north towards Pleasant Grove where his employer was located.
“On the front passenger seat next to him was a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun, fully loaded with a round in the chamber and an additional 100 rounds of ammunition,” the court documents stated.
Farnsworth is also charged with two second-degree felony counts of stalking and possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony.
A 4th District Court judge ordered Farnsworth to be held without bail. The next court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.
Victims and survivors of domestic violence can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233 or the Utah Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 897-5465. Both hotlines are free and confidential. Additional resources are available at http://udvc.org.