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Murder charge: 15-year-old awoke sleeping family, stabbed elderly Utah couple

CalDee Reynolds
CalDee Reynolds
Blackburn and Sons Vernal

SALT LAKE CITY — New court documents paint a grim picture of a 15-year-old stranger surprising a Vernal family in their sleep and attacking an elderly couple and their son with a knife.

The incident occurred on Sept. 13. The teenager was charged with aggravated murder Thursday in Vernal's 8th District Juvenile Court in the stabbing death of a man during that home invasion. The Deseret News has chosen not to name the boy at this time.

The boy broke into the home of 84-year-old CalDee Reynolds near the Ashley Regional Medical Center, 150 W. 100 North, at 3 a.m. on Sept. 13, according to police. He got in through a window, court documents state.

When Reynolds woke up and went to the bathroom, he saw the boy and "verbally confronted him," police said. The teen then allegedly stabbed Reynolds multiple times.

The elderly man called for help and his adult son woke up and went to his father's aid, the charges state.

"Before help could be rendered, the defendant blindsided the second victim, attacking him with a knife and stabbing him multiple times," the charging documents say.

While the father and son were down, police said, the boy "entered a bedroom where he found the elderly wife" of Reynolds. The teen "proceeded to pull her from the bed and subsequently stabbed her several times," according to court documents.

Reynolds was flown to a Salt Lake area hospital and died of his injuries in November. Police said the two other victims suffered "extensive injuries" but survived.

The teen is also accused of aggravated burglary and two counts of attempted aggravated murder in that incident.

Eight days later, the same 15-year-old is accused of being involved in another violent home invasion.

The boy is also charged with three counts of aggravated robbery and three counts of aggravated kidnapping for an incident that took place on Sept. 21 in which several people were held hostage at gunpoint.

In that incident, the boy went with two of his friends, ages 16 and 17, to the apartment of one of the friend's ex-girlfriends to rob her, according to charging documents.

The girls told police that "three men had broken into their apartment with guns (one had a knife, one had a handgun and one had a rifle) and their faces were covered with bandanas," search warrants state.

Two girls were able to run out the door of the apartment and scream for help, prompting neighbors to call 911, according to charging documents.

One of the girls was dragged down a flight of stairs by her hair, the charges state. The warrants further state that girl suffered an "injured shoulder and chipped tooth from being (dragged) down the stairs by her hair. The suspects were demanding money and credit cards from these victims."