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By Kent Larsen

Police Identify Family and Motive for Jordan Temple Trespassing

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The father in the family that forced their way into the LDS Church's Jordan River Temple on December 22nd told police that he thought he was already dead. Michael R. Robinson and his wife, Dea, both of whom were reportedly active LDS Church members, were discovered praying in the Temple's Celestial room with their six children, dressed only in their undergarments.

Police say Robinson was in a 'psychotic' state when they approached him, and that he resisted arrest, leading to a misdemeanor charge of assault. He is also charged with criminal trespass, also a misdemeanor.

"[Robinson] stated that he had been crucified, the blood cut off to his hands and that his heart had stopped beating," said a police report that related the incident. Both Robinson and his wife refused to cooperate fully with the police. Dea refused medical treatment, singing religous songs instead of answering questions. Both parents were taken to the University of Utah Meical Center, but the center refused to tell reporters whether or not the couple were still there, citing a federal law that prohibits disclosing that information.

Meanwhile, the couple's neighbors expressed shock and disbelief at the incident. One neighbor said the family would 'bend over backward' to help others, and another said, "I'm just stunned."


Man in Temple Arrest Thought He Was in Afterlife, Police Say
Salt Lake Tribune 4Jan01 D1
By Michael Vigh: Salt Lake Tribune

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