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By Erin Alberty
Salt Lake Tribune

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - A pair of undercover officers say 10 to 14 club-wielding men threatened to kill them, advancing even after the officers identified themselves as Salt Lake County sheriff's deputies, according to charges filed this week in 3rd District Court.
The deputies went to a church parking lot, at 12275 S. 2700 West, on Sept. 4 after authorities received complaints that neighbors were harassing and threatening people in the parking lot, said sheriff's spokesman Levi Hughes.
A woman from a nearby house told the deputies to leave. When they didn't, a group of men in their early 20s emerged from the woman's house and ran toward the parking lot, swinging baseball bats, golf clubs and broken broomsticks, Hughes said.
They identified themselves as Juggalos, which is the nickname for fans of the painted-face rappers, Insane Clown Posse.
The men threatened to kill the two deputies, proclaiming, "No one [expletive] with the Juggalos," detectives wrote in charging documents filed Tuesday.
One of the deputies drew his gun, said he was a peace officer and ordered the attackers to drop their weapons and get onto the ground, Hughes said. The group was undeterred until the officer identified himself a second time, Hughes said.
The group ran from the officers, who chased down and arrested one man.
Unbeknownst to the two officers, another team of investigators was preparing a search warrant for the same house, Hughes said. That warrant was executed the next day, and several other men were arrested, including a man identified as having wielded a golf club the night before, Hughes said. The 18-year-old Riverton man was charged with second-degree felony aggravated assault.
Members of the Juggalos gang have been charged in connection with two other crimes this year in Salt Lake County.
In September, two teens with their faces painted like clowns were arrested in West Valley City for allegedly trying to kidnap a 5-year-old boy.
In July, two suspected Juggalos attacked a Kearns teen outside his home with a knife and a four-bladed replica of a medieval battle ax topped with a spiked ball, police said. The victim suffered life-threatening injuries, including an 8-inch gash to his neck, and required more than 300 stitches to close his wounds.

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