Northern Utah courts Sept. 4-8: Clearfield man charged in machete attack

Friday , September 08, 2017 - 11:51 AM

This is a weekly round-up of new charges and ongoing proceedings in Weber and Davis county courts for Sept. 4-8, 2017.

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This is a weekly round-up of new charges and ongoing proceedings in Weber and Davis county courts for Sept. 4-8, 2017.

NADIA PFLAUM, Standard Examiner staff

This is a weekly round-up of new charges and ongoing proceedings in Weber and Davis county courts for Sept. 4-8, 2017. 


Valerio Ikelap, 21, was charged with aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony; aggravated assault, a third-degree felony; damage to or interruption of a communication device, a Class B misdemeanor, and criminal mischief, a Class B misdemeanor. All charges carry a domestic violence enhancement. According to information provided to the court, on Aug. 30, the victim was at home in Clearfield when Ikelap allegedly pulled her by her hair, struck her head and side with a machete, prevented her from fleeing and applied a chokehold, leaving marks. Ikelap also allegedly broke the victim’s phone when the victim attempted to call for help. 

Seth Curtis Grant, 39, was charged with eight counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony. According to charging documents, on June 4, an agent with the Internet Crimes Against Children task force downloaded child pornography from an IP address in Clearfield associated with Grant. A search warrant was executed and authorities found hundreds of file names and images associated with child pornography.

Melissa Lee Thompson, 33, has been charged with aggravated assault, a third-degree felony, for an incident that allegedly occurred Sept. 3. Clearfield police said they arrived at Thompson’s home, where they could hear Thompson yelling about stabbing someone. Inside, police said they found Thompson and her 16-year-old daughter and three of the daughter’s friends, who told police that Thompson threatened to stab her daughter while holding a knife. 

Nathan Joseph Ward, 30, was charged with aggravated assault, a third-degree felony; escape, a third-degree felony; and threat of violence, a Class B misdemeanor, on Sept. 6. Court documents said that on Aug. 29, Ward threatened to strike a family member with a collapsible baton. When Sunset Police responded, they said they recovered a knife and a baton from Ward. Police handcuffed Ward and seated him in a patrol vehicle. While questioning witnesses, police said, Ward managed to free one hand from the handcuffs and escaped from the vehicle. He was found a short time later, hiding on the roof of a shed, police said.  

Kari Leigh Henshilwood, 42, has been charged with child kidnapping, a first-degree felony; burglary, a second-degree felony; damaging a jail, a third-degree felony; and possession or use of a controlled substance, a Class B misdemeanor, on Sept. 5. Clearfield police said Henshilwood forcefully took a child from a home she broke into. When she was arrested, police said, they found marijuana in Henshilwood’s wallet. While in custody, Henshilwood broke the window of a patrol vehicle by kicking it, police said. 



Judge Ernie Jones ruled Tuesday that the criminal case against six Ogden men, allegedly members of a gang called the Titanic Crip Society, can move forward. Tamer Ahmed Hebeishy, 33; Sharif Ahmed Hebeishy, 36; Sadat Ahmed Hebeishy, 35; Daniel Ray Lopez, 26; Brock Adam Pickett, 29, and Jaron Michael Sadler, 22, are charged with a pattern of criminal activity, which is the state-level version of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Trial dates have been set for January 2018. Sadat Hebeishy is being held at the Weber County Jail; the other five defendants are serving time for other crimes in the Utah State Prison. 

Timothy Stuart Ricks, 20, was charged with disarming a police officer, a first-degree felony, on Sept. 7. Ogden City police said they responded to a family disturbance at a residence on Sept. 6 and learned that Ricks had allegedly damaged two vehicles and was in a physical altercation with another family member. Ogden police said they transported Ricks to Ogden Regional Hospital for a mental health evaluation. While there, Ricks allegedly grabbed one officer’s department issued Glock 17. Officers reported leaving the hospital with Ricks and booking him into Weber County Jail without further incident.