Body camera footage released after UHP trooper arrests accused kidnapper of California baby, toddler

PAROWAN, Utah, Aug. 13, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — The Utah Department of Public Safety has released body camera footage of a Utah Highway Patrol trooper’s arrest of a man wanted after his girlfriend’s young daughters were taken from their California home.

The sisters, ages 8 months and 21 months, were the subject of a search by Los Angeles based FBI agents and the Riverside Resident Agency – Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force. The agencies asked Utah troopers to be on the lookout for a 1982 blue Cadillac with a white top. Photos were provided of the girls and the possible suspects, Joshua Adle and his father, Frank Marks.

At 6:14 p.m. Aug. 1, UHP troopers were alerted that at least one suspect was near Salina, a Department of Public Safety statement says.

“Moments later, the FBI reported that the suspects were near the Richfield Airport. Troopers and dispatchers concluded that the suspects were westbound on I-70. Troopers were advised that the suspects were listed in NCIC and believed to be dangerous.

A subsequent message alerted searchers that the suspect could be in a rental car of any color and make. At 7:10 p.m., UHP Trooper Adam Gibb “was stationary at mile post 83 near Parowan, when he noted a white Dodge Caravan pass his location with a driver who he recognized from the suspect photos as Frank Marks,” the DPS statement says.

“Trooper Gibbs left his stationary position, pulled alongside the minivan with California Plates, and noted that the suspect, Joshua Adle, was in the middle left seat. Trooper Gibbs pulled behind the vehicle and called for backup. Frank Marks drove the vehicle onto Exit 78 where Trooper Gibbs knew that if he didn’t attempt a traffic stop on the exit, that the suspects may put the public in harm’s way if they were able to drive into a nearby gas station. Without backup, Trooper Gibbs initiated a felony-style traffic stop on the vehicle.”

The body camera video above was recorded during that confrontation and arrest.

An officer with the Parowan Police Department, a second state trooper and a deputy with the Iron County Sheriff’s Office arrive shortly after and assist with the arrests.

The missing girls were recovered safe, and were returned to their mother.


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