LAYTON, Utah, July 10, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Layton police took four local teens into custody early Monday morning near 1600 North and Main Street after the youths reportedly approached a vehicle in Ellison Park and later threatened the vehicle’s occupants with a stolen weapon.
Layton Police Department Lt. Travis Lyman told Gephardt Daily a 19-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man were parked near the playground at Ellison Park when they saw a car park nearby.
The couple said two males got out of the car and approached their vehicle. Both of the males were wearing bandannas, Lyman said, and one was carrying a gun.
According to the report, when the males realized the couple was in the vehicle, the suspects ran off on foot, and the couple followed in their vehicle.
Lyman said the suspects were picked up by a car, and the couple continued to follow. That’s when the suspects stopped, got out of their car, pointed a handgun at the victims and told them to stop following.
Police were called shortly after midnight, Lyman said, and were given the information regarding the suspects and the car they were driving.
Several officers responded, located the car and made what Lyman called a high-risk traffic stop. Four male teens were taken into custody, and police recovered a handgun that had been stolen out of Clearfield.
Lyman said the 16-year-old who had the gun was booked into Farmington Bay on two counts of aggravated assault, one count of making a threat accompanied by a weapon, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a dangerous weapon by a minor, criminal trespass, and curfew violation.
The curfew is midnight.
Released to their parents were a 16-year-old charged with curfew violation, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, and two 17-year-olds charged with curfew violation and criminal trespass.
Lyman said this sort of incident is unusual for Davis County, and “it speaks to why there is a curfew, and why parents should enforce it. People wearing bandannas and carrying a gun are obviously up to no good.”
He also advises anyone who sees suspicious activity or who feels threatened not to follow the suspect, but to get a description and license plate number if possible and call 911 immediately.