Man Arrested For Allegedly Attacking Salt Lake City Churchgoers With Bamboo Sword

Police have arrested a man accused of randomly attacking parishioners with a wooden sword during Sunday mass at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City, Utah. Chandler Grillone, 31, faces aggravated assault charges and other offenses following the incident.

According to authorities, Grillone entered the church during mass, wielding a bamboo sword and attacking multiple people without any apparent motive or provocation. He allegedly struck two individuals with the sword and punched a third, breaking the victim’s glasses.

When officers attempted to arrest Grillone, he reportedly resisted, forcing police to use a “WRAP” device, a full-body restraint, to subdue him and minimize the risk of injury to both the suspect and the arresting officers.

The unprovoked attack has left the local Catholic community in shock, as parishioners struggle to understand the reason behind the violence. The Cathedral of the Madeleine, a well-known church in the heart of Salt Lake City, has not yet issued a public statement about the incident.

As the investigation continues, Grillone remains in jail without bail. The case has reignited discussions about the importance of security measures in places of worship and the need for community members to remain vigilant in the face of potential threats.