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    A 47-year-old man faces felony charges after he allegedly grabbed the faces of four juveniles and threatened them with a cane just before 11 p.m. July 15, according to a report from the Moab Police Department.

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    Samuel Welch, of Moab, was wearing a poncho and carrying a cane when, according to police, he approached the juvenile near Grand County Middle School, where one of the boys was charging a scooter. It was there that Welch allegedly grabbed each of the juveniles’ faces and threatened them.

    Police said Welch thought they were “hoofin’” but added he didn’t know if they were “up to no good. None of the juveniles exhibited signs of huffing paint or other signs of impairment.

    Welch made the boys empty their pockets before he allegedly threatened them with his cane after he followed them to Main Street.

    The juveniles reportedly told police they could smell alcohol on Welch’s breath. They were clearly frightened of Welch, who was a stranger to each of them, according to the report.

    One of the juveniles called 911 and they waited for law enforcement to arrive in a parking lot in the 300 block of South Main Street.

    Welch was charged with three felony counts of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor charge of assault.

    This was the second contact Welch has had with Moab Police this summer. He was out on bail following an arrest made June 12. In that incident, Moab Police claim Welch, who reportedly carried a bottle of vodka, punched a man and then struck him in the head with his metal cane after the man asked for a drink of the alcohol.

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