A man from Plummer, Idaho, was arrested in Spanish Fork early Thursday morning on reports of attempting to drive to New Mexico and kill four people who he believed were hurting him through magic.
Salt Lake City dispatch put out an attempt to locate call on the suspect, Joseph Bonnell-Hall, at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. Reports state Bonnell-Hall, 25, was driving to New Mexico to kill four people because he was hearing voices telling him to do so, reports state.
Bonnell-Hall was located in Spanish Fork by a Utah Highway Patrol trooper at a grocery store and was taken into custody. He had four loaded magazines in his vehicle and box full of bullets, reports state.
Bonnell-Hall was transported to Utah Valley Hospital in Provo and put on a psychiatric hold. While at the hospital, police received reports from New Mexico that they identified the four people Bonnell-Hall wanted to kill. Police asked Bonnell-Hall if the four people identified in New Mexico were the people he wanted to kill, and he said they were, reports state.
Bonnell-Hall told police they were causing him pain by magic, and he drove from Idaho toward New Mexico to “deal with it,” reports state.
Police contacted the four individuals and advised them to be cautious for their safety, reports state.
Bonnell-Hall told police he left Idaho at about 8 a.m. and was going to visit his aunt and mother, but he didn’t tell his family he was coming to visit because “they” might be listening via magic, reports state.
Bonnell-Hall was booked into Utah County Jail on suspicion of four first-degree felonies of murder and four class A misdemeanors of possession of a deadly weapon with intent to assault.
He is being held in custody at the jail on a $50,000 cash-only bail.