Utah legislative candidate arrested on drug charges, aggravated kidnapping

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AMERICAN FORK, Utah — A Democratic candidate for the Utah legislature was arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping.

American Fork Police arrested 43-year-old Mark Byrge Monday night on three counts of distribution of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of a firearm by a restricted person.

According to American Fork Police, two outstanding arrest warrants were also served regarding an alleged aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and obstruction of justice incident that occurred at Byrge’s home in June.

The victim in the incident at Byrge’s home allegedly owed the Democratic candidate money, police say.

Byrge is a candidate for House District 56.


  • Scott

    I cant vouch for Mark Byrges, but I will say this: American Fork Police has to one of the worst in the state. At an organization I work for I have fielded multiple complaints about them the last number of years. Anything from refusing to do adequate investigations, refusing to charge when the the perp is a woman and the victim is a man, retributional and fraudulent charges, harassment, etc, etc. Liddiard I have had personal dealings with. One of his officers even told me that he just interprets legal documents however he chooses. American Fork Police and city management needs to go away.

    • Bob

      SCOTT obviously doesn’t know that on June 27, 2005 The Supreme Court ruled that plice do not have a constitutional duty to protect a person from harm, even a woman who had obtained a court-issued protective order against a violent husband making an arrest mandatory for a violation.

      The organization you say you work for obviously consists of one high school dropout.

      • Scott

        Bob, did I say anything about the constitution? If you dont feel that the police need to do their jobs, then you obviously have issues yourself. Im sure that the majority of our society would feel differently. They do always have the loophole of prosecutorial discretion when they decide to not do their jobs in charging people, but the harassment, fraudulent charges, etc, arent issues to you either? I’m sorry that you seem so angry, and want to try to say that the organization I work for consists of “one high school dropout” in order to try to devalue the claims that people have made, but there are many people in the organization in many states. Perhaps you should seek some form of anger management for your attitude? Or maybe you just behave this way in on online forums and you cant change?

    • Bob

      When fielding multiple complants for your one-man organization SCOTT it never hurts to have a rudimentary knowledge of the subject you specialize in. In your case that would require some basic knowledge of the U.S.Constitution.

      Meantime Mr. Mark Byrge should have know that restricted persons just aren’t allowed to possess firearms. Now he.is off the street and in jail where he isn’t a threat to anyone.

  • Scott

    Well Bob, its obvious your crystal ball isnt working too well when you claim to know so much about me and “my” organization and what we “specialize” in, lol! Whoever you are, you should seek some mental help. What a freaking weirdo.

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