GRANTSVILLE — Police issued an Amber Alert Wednesday and canceled it shortly afterward when two girls who were with their father were located safe.
The Amber Alert was initially activated about 4:30 p.m. as Grantsville police sought Kenneth Shrewsbury, 53. He was taken into police custody less than an hour later and booked into the Tooele County Jail on Wednesday evening.
Court records show Shrewsbury's wife filed for divorce on Monday.
"The father was issued an order from the state to have his daughters returned to the mother" on Wednesday, said Grantsville police officer Allison Peterson.
Shrewsbury accepted the order at his Grantsville home, then took the two daughters, ages 9 and 11, and left the city about 2:15 p.m., Peterson said.
Grantsville police then issued an Amber Alert describing Shrewsbury, the two girls and the man's vehicle. Officers cautioned in the alert that Shrewsbury recently purchased an assault rifle and "has made threats toward the government."
Police later located the man's van at his place of employment. "Not long after that, the father and children were located," Peterson said. "The kids are safe, the father's safe and nobody's harmed."
Court records show Shrewsbury's criminal history in Utah includes a guilty plea to domestic violence-related assault and assault of a police officer in 1994. He also pleaded guilty to DUI in 1994. He was convicted in 1995 of failure to stop or respond at the command of police, drug possession with the intent to distribute and giving false information to a police officer, according to court records. He was acquitted of assault of a police officer in the same case.
Since that time, Shrewsbury's criminal history in Utah has been limited to minor traffic and vehicle offenses, according to court records.