NORTH OGDEN -- Police have arrested a man who they say used a fake knife to threaten to kill employees at a North Ogden grocery store late Tuesday.
Bryan David North, 39, was booked into the Weber County Jail on charges of aggravated robbery, retail theft, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a news release from the North Ogden Police Department.
Shortly before midnight Tuesday, North Ogden police responded to Smith's Food and Drug, 2560 N. 400 East, on a robbery report.
A man had attempted to leave the store without paying for his groceries.
When confronted by store employees, the suspect produced a large knife and threatened to kill the employees, said the news release.
The man then fled the store. As officers were investigating that incident, they received a call that someone was attempting to steal items from 7 Eleven, 416 E. 2600 North, a block away from Smith's.
The suspect descriptions were similar in both incidents. An officer from a neighboring agency recognized the descriptions as being similar to North's, who he had dealt with previously in his city.
A Smith's employee identified North from a photo provided by officers. Officers went to North's residence in the 2600 N. block of 200 East, North Ogden, where they found him behaving erratically, said the news release.
The officers attempted to contact North and he left his residence, brandishing a large knife at officers.
He was ordered at gunpoint to drop the knife, which he did. North continued to behave in a threatening manner toward officers, and an officer used his Taser to take North into custody. The knife was then discovered to be fake.
North Ogden police were assisted by officers from Pleasant View, Harrisville, Weber County Sheriff's Department and the Utah Highway Patrol.