Neola Incident Not Linked to Terrorism

Concerned citizens can rest easier as the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI say they found no indication that the man involved in a strange and disturbing incident in Neola last Saturday was planning any violent attacks. Public fear of a terrorism threat had spread in the aftermath of Saturday’s incident. According to the Sheriff’s Office, 38-year-old Ahmed Ouassou was reported to be acting erratically outside his car, yelling at the nearby residents, and chanting religious, racial and anti-American views. The vehicle he was driving had phrases written on it reflecting those views. “It is unknown why the suspect had stopped in Neola,” shares the Sheriff’s Office, “but there were indications that he had simply lost his direction while traveling back from the California area where he had been visiting.” Ouassou had driven away before responding officer Cpl. Jared Harrison arrived. Cpl. Harrison located Ouassou and his car at around 11:30am at the mouth of Uintah Canyon where it appeared to have run off the south side of the road. The airbag was deployed and the vehicle was still running with Ouassou sitting inside when Cpl. Harrison approached. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found inside the car. No weapons or suspicious materials were found either in the vehicle or on Ouassou. Ouassou was arrested and booked into the Duchesne County Jail on charges of DUI, possession of Marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.