OREM — Criminal charges were filed Monday against a Sandy man accused of firing shots near a pro-Trump rally in Orem.
Adrian Michael Coronel, 23, is charged in 4th District Court with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a restricted person, third-degree felonies; drug possession, a class A misdemeanor; and unlawful discharge of a firearm, a class B misdemeanor.
About 9:40 p.m. on election night, Nov. 3, Orem police responded to the intersection of University Parkway and State Street on a report of shots being fired. A vehicle, later determined to be stolen, approached a rally and the occupants of the vehicle “began screaming obscenities at a group of 20 plus individuals holding signs in support of President Trump,” according to charging documents.
As the vehicle drove by, two shots were fired into the air by Coronel, according to the charges.
“The vehicle then circled around and parked behind the group on the corner. Several witnesses described that a passenger pointed the gun out the window and made death threats toward the group and flashed gang signs,” the charges state.
A couple of hours later, a man called police to report he had picked up two men who asked him for a ride to the Salt Lake homeless shelter.
“One of the males said he was ‘tripping on ecstasy’ and that they had been running through a field to get away from police,” according to the charges.
The driver dropped off the men at a gas station and then called police.
Police located Coronel and arrested him.
Investigators also learned that Wasatch County sheriff’s deputies had chased a stolen vehicle earlier that evening and all the occupants in the car fled, except for one woman who told police that Coronel and others were in the vehicle and “they were involved in a shooting in Orem and she was in the vehicle when it occurred,” according to a police affidavit.