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Spanish Fork police officers respond to hostage incident

Dec 01, 2015 07:25AM

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-year-old 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.