Span­ish Fork po­lice of­fi­cers re­spond to hostage in­ci­dent


On Nov. 25 at 11:08 p.m., Span­ish Fork City po­lice of­fi­cers were dis­patched to 431 N. 900 East on a re­port of a male in­di­vid­ual with a gun threat­en­ing a fe­male. The com­plainant ad­vised that a 12-year-old male neigh­bor ar­rived at her res­i­dence and stated that his step-fa­ther was threat­en­ing his mother with a gun. It was re­ported that two chil­dren were in the res­i­dence with the fe­male vic­tim and sus­pect.

Upon of­fi­cers’ ar­rival, they were able to speak with the fe­male vic­tim, who had been able to flee the res­i­dence. It was dis­cov­ered that two male chil­dren, ages 2 and 12, were in the res­i­dence with the sus­pect. The res­i­dence is lo­cated within a hous­ing apart­ment com­plex con­sist­ing of four apart­ments. The re­main­ing three apart­ments were evac­u­ated for the safety of the res­i­dents.

Of­fi­cers were able to make con­tact with the sus­pect via tele­phone and he was un­co­op­er­a­tive. He re­fused to exit the apart­ment. The Utah County Metro SWAT team was dis­patched to the scene and a hostage ne­go­tia­tor was able to speak with the un­co­op­er­a­tive sus­pect.

SWAT of­fi­cers were able to gain ac­cess into the apart­ment through the front and rear doors of the res­i­dence at 1:56 a.m. Upon en­try into the res­i­dence, of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered the sus­pect passed out in a bed­room where the 2-year-old male child was also lo­cated. The sus­pect was safely taken into cus­tody. The 12-year-old child was also lo­cated in the apart­ment. The chil­dren and fe­male vic­tim were un­harmed. The male sus­pect is iden­ti­fied as a 52-year-old male from Bronx, New York. He has an ex­ten­sive crim­i­nal history dat­ing back to 1984.

The male sus­pect and fe­male vic­tim were iden­ti­fied as boyfriend and girl­friend and have been re­sid­ing with each other. The 12-year-old male lo­cated in the apart­ment was iden­ti­fied as the sus­pect’s son and the other 12-year-old male that re­ported the in­ci­dent to the com­plainant is the son of the fe­male vic­tim. The 2-yearold child be­longs to the sus­pect and fe­male vic­tim.

It was re­ported the sus­pect threat­ened to kill the fe­male vic­tim and the chil­dren in the res­i­dence. He was re­ported to have a hand­gun in his pos­ses­sion while he was making the treats. The sus­pect was heav­ily in­tox­i­cated and was trans­ported to the Span­ish Fork Po­lice Depart­ment for ques­tion­ing. Of­fi­cers searched the res­i­dence and lo­cated three fully loaded 40-cal­iber hand­gun mag­a­zines. At the time this in­for­ma­tion was re­leased by po­lice, a hand­gun had not been lo­cated.

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