Utah men arrested after setting deadly booby traps near hiking trail.
Two Utah men are facing charges of reckless endangerment after allegedly setting deadly booby traps near a popular hiking trail.
Benjamin Rutkowski, 19, or Orem and Kai Christensen, 21, of Provo, are accused of placing the traps in the South Fork Canyon near Provo.
The devices, which included a swinging ball of spiked sticks triggered by a tripwire and small pits filled with sharpened sticks hidden along the ground.
They were discovered by a forest service officer walking near the entrance of a makeshift shelter not far from the trail.
"There was potential for some very serious injury to someone," Sgt. Spencer Cannon of the Utah County Sheriff's Department said. "If someone fell the wrong way it could have been disastrous or even fatal."
Rutkowski and Christensen claim the traps were designed to target animals, not humans.
Cannon says the placement and design of the traps doesn't support that excuse.
"We believe they knew people would be going there and that's why they put them there," Cannon said.