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Michael Lee Hardin biography: 13 things about US Capitol riot suspect from Kaysville, Utah

Michael Lee Hardin (©Davis County Jail)

Michael Lee Hardin (©Davis County Jail)

Michael Lee Hardin is a white man from Utah, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He lives in Kaysville, Davis County, Utah. (a)
  2. Aside from Kaysville, he has lived in other parts of Utah including Clearfield, Syracuse, Wellsville and Salt Lake City. (b)
  3. He worked as a police officer in Salt Lake City. In 2009, he started working on the case of a 20-year-old woman who went missing for five days before turning up dead in 1986. After almost two years, he identified Thomas Pennington as the murderer. (a) (c) (d)
  4. In 2012, the Salt Lake City Police Department named him Officer of the Year for solving the 1986 murder. (c) (d)
  5. While working as a Salt Lake City Police Department police officer, he managed and developed property. In 2013, he leased a Kaysville house to his friend and workmate Hillary Gordon, who is a detective and the wife of the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office’s Bernadette Gomez. (e)
  6. On July 2, 2015, he and Gordon had a confrontation at the house he owned that the latter was renting. Gordon complained to the Salt Lake City Police Department superior officers, who ordered him to stay away from the property and placed him on administrative leave. When he returned to work in November 2015, he claimed other officers started treating him differently than before. (e)
  7. On June 24, 2016, he filed a civil lawsuit against Gordon, Gomez, the Salt Lake City, the Salt Lake City Police Department, the department’s chief Mike Brown, deputy chief Terry Fritz and Lieutenant Tyrone Farillas. On December 26, 2017, the Third District Court in Utah dismissed with prejudice all of his claims and the counterclaims. (e)
  8. In 2017, he retired from the Salt Lake Police Department. In July 2017, he started working as a senior marketing director at Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc. in South Jordan, Salt Lake County. (a) (d) (f)
  9. Wearing a beanie with the word “TRUMP” embroidered in the front, he went to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA on January 6, 2021. That day, Donald Trump‘s supporters breached the building while a joint session of Congress was certifying the vote of the Electoral College and affirming Joe Biden‘s victory in the 2020 presidential election. (a)
  10. On April 2, 2021, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested him. Wearing glasses and a light gray hoodie, he appeared in a court hearing via Zoom before Magistrate Judge Jared Bennett, who prohibited him from leaving Utah or changing his residence without permission. (a) (d)
  11. Bennett gave him until April 7, 2021 to give his firearms to a friend or family member for safekeeping. (d)
  12. For his participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, he was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in the Capitol and parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol. (a) (d)
  13. He was years 50 old when he was arrested on April 2, 2021. He is expected to appear in court at 11:00 a.m. on April 8, 2021. (a) (c) (d)


(This is a developing story. More details are being added.)


If you have information about someone who participated in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, call 1-800-CALL-FBI. You may also submit relevant photos and videos to the FBI.

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