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Man Accused of Aiming Gun at Daughter Over Battleship Game

John Valenzuela allegedly pointed a gun at his 17-year-old daughter over a game of Battleship gone wrong in Utah County, Utah.

Authorities received several 911 calls last Saturday, but only heard a female arguing with a male on the line.

Police tracked the GPS signal from the cell phone to a trailer where they heard noises that sounded like a physical confrontation, noted the Deseret News.

According to the police report, the teen was "hysterical" and ran to the officers.

Valenzuela reportedly had been playing the child's game with the teen, but accused her of cheating. When his daughter tried to leave the trailer, Valenzuela pulled her back in.

Valenzuela claimed that he was trying to keep the girl safe by detaining her.

The girl told police that Valenzuela pulled her back to the trailer by her hair and threatened her at gunpoint with a loaded rifle, reports

Valenzuela, who was reportedly drunk, was charged with numerous crimes and booked into the Utah County Jail.

Sources:, Deseret News

Image Credit: Utah County Jail Media Handout


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