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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Utah

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Midvale Man Indicted On Charges He Conveyed False Threats To Kill, Injure, Or Intimidate Individuals; Also Threatened President Trump During Visit To Utah

SALT LAKE CITY – A federal grand jury in Salt Lake City returned an 11-count indictment Wednesday afternoon charging Travis Luke Dominguez, age 33, of Midvale, Utah, with threats against the President, threats to injure others, and conveying false information.


The South Jordan Police Department and the FBI’s JTTF are investigating the case with substantial assistance from the Unified Police Department (UPD).


The indictment charges five counts of maliciously conveying false information in connection with the defendant’s use of the internet to convey false information concerning alleged attempts to kill, injure, and intimidate individuals at locations in South Jordan, Midvale, and Sandy.  A South Jordan movie theater complex, a South Jordan bank, and a Midvale business were targets of the alleged threats in November and December.  The indictment charges that in each incident, the defendant knew that the threat he was conveying was false.


Two counts in the indictment charge Dominguez with threats to take the life of President Trump while he was in Utah on Dec. 4, 2017.  The indictment also includes a count alleging Dominguez transmitted a communication via internet to the Unified Police Department’s web tip line threatening to injure another.  Specifically, the communication included a threat to injure police officers if they tried to stop him from killing the President.


In addition to the threat to injure another associated with the President’s visit, there are three additional counts alleging the defendant used the UPD web tip line to transmit threats to injure another. The indictment alleges that on Dec. 16, Dec. 24, and Sunday (Dec. 31), the defendant transmitted threats to injure individuals at a movie complex in South Jordan.  Sunday’s communication included a threat to harm police officers responding to the scene.


The threats generally involved an active shooter situation or the use of explosives.


Following the Sunday threat, Dominguez was observed in the area of the theater.  A vehicle stop was executed by South Jordan police officers and he was taken into custody.  Each count of the indictment carries a potential penalty of 10 years in federal prison.


An indictment is not a finding of guilt. Individuals charged in indictments are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty in court.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark K. Vincent in the U.S. Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case.


Violent Crime
Updated January 3, 2018