July 12, 2021
RE: Aggravated Assault Arrest
At 7pm last night, Bonneville County Sheriff’s Deputies were sent to the area of 115th E. and Swan Valley Hwy to a reported weapons offense. Deputies arrived and spoke with the reporting party and their 3 kids who had been riding a 4-wheeler around their property and in nearby fields. As the kids were returning to their residence, they noticed a man following them in a pickup to where he drove through their back yard and over some sprinklers. The man, identified by Deputies as 51 year old Frank E. Cloud, apparently started yelling at the kids for driving across his and using obscenities.
The kids told Deputies they got scared and began to drive away as Mr. Cloud continued to yell obscenities at them. As they were driving away, they observed Mr. Cloud pull a handgun from his pocket and fire it into the ground. Deputies could see vehicle tracks in the back yard that peeled up the grass as well as damage to sprinkler pipe in the back yard consistent with statements made by the witnesses.
Deputies made contact with Mr. Cloud at his residence, who admitted he was upset with the kids riding the 4-wheeler across his property and not wearing helmets. Mr. Cloud told Deputies the road they were using was an access road that goes through his property to a neighbor’s field and he was tired of them driving up and down it at a high rate of speed. When asked, Mr. Cloud denied using or having any firearm when he confronted the kids and the sound they heard must have been from kicking his pickup door. Mr. Cloud also told Deputies that he slammed the door to his pickup and claimed that was the noise mistaken for a gunshot. When asked, Mr. Cloud told Deputies he owned several guns, but continued to deny having one in his possession during the confrontation, telling Deputies multiple versions of what had taken place.
Mr. Cloud was then placed under arrest and transported to the Bonneville County Jail where he was booked for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.