Utah man facing terrorism charge after threat to outlet mall

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Colton Cox mugshot. (Photo: Utah County Jail)

A Utah man was charged Tuesday with making a "terroristic threat" against the Traverse Mountain Outlets in Lehi, something he told people was a "prank."

According to charging documents, 21-year-old Colton Cox of Draper is accused of leaving a voice message threatening the mall if certain back-to-school events weren't canceled.

The charging documents allege Cox was:

...threatening 'bad news' to come to the businesses unless they cancelled the 'Kidchella' back-to-school children's shopping event planned for Saturday, August 10.

Lehi police say the threat was an attempt to "intimidate or coerce a civilian population."

The documents state Cox concluded:

You won't even see it coming.

The mall put emergency protocols in place following the phone call.

Police were able to trace the call to Cox. Officers with the Lehi Police Department say Cox told them he left the message as a "prank" because he didn't agree with "their political views."

Police say Cox actually hand wrote an apology letter stating:

I've very sorry about the panic. I didn't mean to cause fear.

Police booked Cox into the Utah County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

You can read the charging documents below: