‘Confused’ man in custody after hiding in West Jordan backyard

A man caught trespassing in a West Jordan backyard late Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, seemed to think he was in Wyoming and claimed he was hiding from someone who was after him. He was taken into custody by West Jordan Police. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

WEST JORDAN, Utah, Jan. 12, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A homeowner heard his dogs making a ruckus in the backyard Friday night and discovered what appeared to be an extremely confused trespasser hiding in the bushes.

West Jordan Police Lt. Jeremy Robertson told Gephardt Daily the call initially came in as a home invasion at 8760 S. 3680 West.

West Jordan Fire Department also responded, because it was reported that a man was injured at that location.

Robertson said the incident started when the homeowner heard his dogs barking excitedly, and he went outside to investigate.

The homeowner found a man hiding in the backyard and held onto him, Robertson said. The suspect tried to leave and an altercation ensued.

When police arrived, the suspect seemed to think he was in Wyoming and claimed that he was hiding because someone from Wyoming was after him.

“That was his story,” Robertson said.

Robertson said the man had a minor injury from the altercation with the homeowner, and a previous injury, which the suspect said he incurred in a bar in Wyoming.

The apparently confused man was taken into custody and will be charged with trespassing.


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