LOGAN — A 39-year-old Young Ward man was arraigned in court Thursday, a day after SWAT team members arrested him outside his home. Michael Durand is suspected of being involved in several acts of domestic violence.
A press release from the Cache County Sheriff’s Office said deputies received a complaint last week that Durand was a suspect in a domestic violence case. They later learned he was in possession of firearms as a restricted person, and affiliated with a local outlaw motorcycle gang.
Detectives began monitoring Durand. In one night, they tracked him to the workplace of a female individual and also to a city in Box Elder County, where he left a death threat on the car of a male individual.
On Wednesday, SWAT teams apprehended Michael Durand and executed a search warrant on his home. They found multiple firearms and a large amount of ammunition. He was later booked into the Cache County Jail.
“This shows that the deputies are deeply concerned about and committed to the communities that they serve.” said Sheriff Chad Jensen. “In this case, they were very proactive and possibly prevented a real tragedy from occurring.”
Court records show, Durand appeared by video from the jail Thursday afternoon. Prosecutors filed 16 charges against him, including nine counts of possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony.
State attorney Aaron Jossie told the court, Durand has 15 arrests for domestic violence and protective order violations. He asked that the suspect be held without bail, for the safety of the alleged victims.
Judge Thomas Willmore also assigned Durand a public defender and ordered him to appear again in court November 21.
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