OGDEN -- One of three men suspected in a home invasion over a drug debt has been scheduled for a preliminary hearing on charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault.
The victim in the April 11 attack told police Haben Beyene Michael and his accomplices "are involved in distribution of narcotics primarily to the Weber State students," according to charging documents.
This week, Michael's preliminary hearing, to ensure evidence is sufficient to advance his case to trial, was set for Oct. 1 before 2nd District Judge Noel Hyde.
Michael, 19, is currently free on bail.
Around midnight on April 11, "several suspects forced their way into the residence at 4380 Harrison Blvd.," reads a probable cause affidavit for the incident.
"Each of the suspects were armed with handguns. Several shots were fired from a BB gun at the victim. ... The suspects proceeded to violently assault the victim who suffered a concussion, contusions to his chest, a broken hand, cuts to his upper body and numerous cuts to his face and head. The victim was repeatedly kicked and hit."
He was also Tased over and over, and a BB gun pellet lodged close to his jugular vein, according to the affidavit.
Seven people witnessed the attack, with some being told they would be shot and killed if they interfered. One suspect guarded the door to prevent anyone from leaving.
After the Ogden-Metro SWAT team executed a search warrant to recover the Taser and several of the handguns believed to have been used in the April 11 altercation, Michael and suspected accomplices Aaron Sullivan, 21, and Joshua Tenove, 21, were arrested April 26.
"The victim stated that the assault was in reference to a drug debt that is owed them," the court papers say.
"He stated that all of the suspects are involved in distribution of narcotics primarily to the Weber State students."
The aggravated kidnapping and aggravated burglary charges are first-degree felonies carrying a potential prison term of five years to life. The second-degree felony aggravated assault carries a potential one-to-15-year term.