Just-released prisoner breaks into house, ties up homeowner at knifepoint and threatens to murder her

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Left wing, progressive district attorney’s and prison officials, in order to show how woke they are and how they’re such humanitarians have taken to releasing prisoners early over coronavirus concerns.

Most normal people understand that this is probably not a great idea, and those with a background in law enforcement know that it probably won’t end well. For a woman in Utah, that was the case and she could have paid for her life because of it.

On March 19 in American Fork, UT., a man who was recently released from a halfway house early due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19 “forcibly entered a home…(and) using a large, serrated knife, he threatened the homeowner and tied her up with shoelaces,” according to charging documents.

The victim told police officers that she was sleeping when she was awoken by the sound of creaking stairs and discovered a man she had never seen before standing in her room holding a knife “raised toward his head with the knife pointing down,” according to a police affidavit.

“The victim began screaming and yelling, at which point the male told her to be quiet or he was going to cut her head off,” the affidavit states.

Sounds like a solid, stable guy there…just the kind you want loose on the streets. Unbelievable.

The man, identified as Joshua J. Haskell, 42, of American Fork then tied up the woman’s wrists and ankles with shoelaces. He told her that he was going to take her bank cards, cash, her can and PIN numbers, and that if she gave him the incorrect numbers he would return and kill her, authorities said.

The victim’s son heard his mother screaming and called 911. Upon arrival of the officers, Haskell was still in the bedroom with the woman.

Once he realized that police were downstairs, Haskell got into the bed with the woman and told her to tell officers he was her “lover,” the arrest affidavit said.

While Haskell adjusted the sheets to make it look like he was asleep, the woman got out of the bed and ran downstairs. She “ran downstairs to officers in a panicked and horrified manner,” police wrote. Haskell was then arrested at gunpoint.

In speaking to the officers, she told them that “she was sure she was going to die and that she was just waiting for the suspect to stab her,” the affidavit stated.

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Haskell had drugs and drug paraphernalia on him at the time of the incident, police said. He had previously been convicted of drug-related crimes at least four times, according to the arrest paperwork. He also has a lengthy criminal history.

“It is of note that Haskell had recently been incarcerated at the Utah State Prison after previously being released on parole and committing a parole violation.

Within the last few days, Haskell was released from the Utah State Prison to a halfway house…However due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, he was suddenly released on (March 17),” police wrote in their affidavit.

For the most recent arrest, Haskell was charged Monday in 4th District Court with aggravated burglary, and aggravated robbery, first-degree felonies, aggravated kidnapping, possession of a weapon by a restricted person, and drug possession, third-degree felonies.

In addition, at the time of his arrest Haskell reportedly had an active warrant out for his arrest for misdemeanor theft.

Why was Haskell let out early? Some “experts” had warned that the coronavirus could “wreak havoc” on correctional facilities in the United States, after which several states and counties began to implement early release strategies to prevent the spread of the disease.

Critics of the early release program have said that by releasing criminals back on the streets during the pandemic, it will not make communities safer, but rather put them at risk.

This is especially true they say because law enforcement will likely be overrun to a degree by increased calls for service with forces that will likely be themselves reduced by the virus.

For prison inmates, the coronavirus outbreak must be a dream come true. Across the country, state after state is releasing prisoners out of coronavirus concerns.

While most of those states claim that the prisoners being released are either “at-risk” prisoners, or low-level offenders, the incident in Utah will become a common occurrence because clearly more serious offenders are getting released.

It is interesting that states like California, which has shut down gun shops as “non-essential” businesses, they are letting hundreds, if not thousands of prisoners out onto the streets. With over-matched police, prisoners out on the streets and people unable to purchase guns to defend themselves, this will probably not turn out well.

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