Earlier this week a 20-pound spiked boulder and a bed of sharpened wooden stakes were discovered during a routine patrol along Big Springs Trail. The first trap was intended to send the 20 lb spiked boulder swinging into a victim, reported the Detroit News. The second booby trap was built with the intentions of a victim tripping into the bed of sharpened wooden stakes.
Benjamin Steven Rutkowski, 19, and Kai Matthew Christensen, 21, were arrested under suspicion of misdemeanor reckless endangerment. The pair, out on bail, told authorities that they had set the traps for wildlife, not for humans.
Police aren't buying Rutkowski and Christensen's claims. This looks like something done just for the sake of hurting someone...it's like something just out of someone's evil mind, said Utah County Sheriff's Sergeant Spencer Cannon. This was not something just done as an afterthought. They took a lot of time to carve those sticks.
The booby traps were discovered by James Schoeffler of the U.S. Forest Service. Schoeffler, who was trained in hazardous device detection in the military, spotted the trip wires which may not have been noticeable to the regular passerby. According to the Inquisitr, Schoeffler took pictures and video to document the site before disabling the traps.
A few days after discovering the traps, the authorities were notified about comments on Facebook that mentioned the booby traps along the trail, reported MSNBC.
A lot of people go up there after dark, said Cannon. We're very, very fortunate that it was Officer Schoeffler who found it.
No charges have been filed yet against Rutkowski or Christensen.