Least competent criminal
Burglary suspect and career criminal Shane Paul Owen, 46, of South Salt Lake, Utah, was on the run from police on Oct. 24when he dashed into a vacant church. A Salt Lake City SWAT team held a standoff at the church formore than six hours — until Owen called 911to say that he was locked in the church’s boiler room and couldn’t get out. “Can you hurry?” he asked the dispatcher. “I need to talk to them first so they don’t ... shoot me,” Owen pleaded. The Deseret News reported he was booked on outstanding warrants for retaliation against a witness, drug distribution and identity fraud. Send your weird news items with subject line WEIRD NEWS to WeirdNewsTips@amuniversal.com.