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Police: Man robbed a boy who was cleaning yard

Published: Friday, Sept. 14 2012 11:04 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — A Kearns man was charged in 3rd District Court after allegedly robbing a man and a 17-year-old boy at knife-point as they attempted to help clean up a woman's front yard.

Jonathan Lee, 31, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Wednesday and faces multiple charges of aggravated assault, aggravated robbery and threats of violence, as well as possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and a weapon. He is being held on $50,000 bail, according to documents filed at court Friday.

According to the charges, the man and boy said they were volunteering to clean up the yard at the house where Lee was living. When Lee arrived, he began yelling at the victims, then left and returned with a knife. He was accompanied by another woman, who was also taken into custody.

Lee demanded the man and boy empty their pockets, and allegedly punched the boy in the face when he attempted to retrieve his cell phone. Because Lee was holding the knife, he cut the boy in the process, according to the affidavit.

A later search of Lee's room revealed drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to court documents. 

E-mail: mromero@deseretnews.com, Twitter: @McKenzieRomero

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