Men Allegedly Set Booby Traps on Popular Utah Hiking Trail
The men said the traps were meant for animals, but Utah authorities aren't buying 19-year-old Benjamin Rutkowski or 21-year-old Kai Matthew Christensen's stories.
Authorities in Utah have arrested two men accused of setting up potentially deadly booby traps on a popular hiking trail.
“Last week an officer with the forest service found traps just off a popular trail, near a makeshift shelter where people often gather. The two booby traps just waiting for someone to set them off.”
“This video shows how it was supposed to work when tripped one trap involved smartened sticks wrapped around a 20-pound rock the other had a trip wire designed to make someone fall on to a sharp set of sticks.”
The two men in custody — 19 year old Benjamin Steven Rutkowski and 21 year old Kai Matthew Christensen — say they set up the traps to catch wild animals — but police aren’t buying it.
“The trap were found Saturday by an officer who, luckily, had been in the military and trained to find devices like these.”
If any of the traps had actually activated — police say the pair would have faced felony charges. Since they didn’t — the two men have been charged with reckless endangerment.