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A Female Breaks Protective Order, Tells Police “Voices Told Me My Husband Was Arrested, Now I’m Allowed Back.”


| Vernal, Ut. | May 15th, 2024 |

Deputy Pratt was working patrol in the Vernal area when he was dispatched to a possible protective order violation.

The resident called to report that 53-year-old Anali Margarita Cates was at the home, and they were watching her on their security system. The complainant also stated a protective order stating that Anali was not allowed to be at the address and was driving a reddish-colored SUV.

Deputy Pratt confirmed that a protective order was in place and was aware that Anali had been arrested at least twice for violating this same protective order.

When the deputy arrived on scene, an SUV matching the complainant's description was parked down the street a few hundred feet from the protected address with the engine running.

Deputy Pratt looked inside the vehicle and saw a female, whom he recognized as Anali Cates, sleeping in the driver's seat. The deputy knocked on the window, and Anali rolled down her window to speak with the deputy.

When asked why she was there, she said, "The voices told me my husband was arrested, and I am now allowed to come back to the property."

Deputy Pratt informed Anali that she was still not allowed at the property. She admitted to the deputy that she had been trying to get inside the house.

Anali was asked who owned the car she was driving, and she stated that a friend of her daughter's owned the car. The deputy asked her who had given her permission to drive the car, and she told him that the voices in her head had told her she could take the vehicle.

Deputy Pratt asked her where she got the SUV from, and she said that she had gotten the car from the parking lot at the jail and took it after she got out of court today.

The deputy confirmed with the vehicle owner that no one had permission to be in the SUV.

According to the affidavit, Deputy Pratt is asking for no bail for Anali as she was released less than 24 hours ago for violating the same protective order.

“It is apparent to me that she also is suffering from Mental Health Issues and may be a danger to herself and the community as she is following the instructions from the voices in her head."~Deputy Pratt

Anali Margarita Cates was arrested and booked into the Uintah County Jail where she is being held without bail.

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