LOGAN — A man arrested Monday night inside a department store has created some panic online among local residents.
Azadeen Altom was booked into the Cache County Jail on suspicion of intoxication, criminal trespassing and failing to register as a sex offender. The 42-year-old is being held without bail pending arraignment.
Logan City Police Capt. Curtis Hooley said officers were called to the south Walmart just after 7 p.m. on report that Altom was harassing people inside the store. The customers claimed he approached them, getting inside their personal space, and asking for a ride home.
“Officers made contact with the individual and found him to be very intoxicated,” Curtis said. “As they did their investigation, they also determined that he was a registered sex offender out of Nebraska. Since he had moved to Utah, he had not registered.”
According to officers, Altom’s actions were not believed to be sexual in nature but obviously inappropriate.
Hooley said Altom’s arrest has alarmed some people, who believed the man was with a group of people at the store, looking for children for sex trafficking.
“Our officer’s report to me, there was no other individuals with him and nobody talked about any other individuals. It appears to us that he was by himself and that there was no attempt to collect children for sex trafficking.
“He simply, at this point, appears to be an individual that was highly intoxicated and was acting inappropriately. He has to answer to the charges because of that, plus the sex offender registration violation that he has.”
Nebraska records show Altom was convicted of sexually assaulting another adult individual in January 2013.
Hooley said Logan police officer arrested Altom a month ago, after they found him wandering around Mt. Logan Middle School. He was charged with two misdemeanors and is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing in May. Formal charges on Monday’s arrest are still pending the investigation.
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