Moab police: Burglary suspect arrested after woman wakes to find intruder staring at her

Tyra Jones. Photo: Grand County

MOAB, Utah, Sept. 17, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A burglary suspect was arrested late Sunday after a woman told police she woke to find the intruder staring at her, and later going through her closet to look for items to steal.

Tyra Jones, 27, was booked into the Grand County Jail on suspicion of burglary of a dwelling, a second-degree felony; and criminal mischief, a class B misdemeanor.

A probable cause statement obtained by Gephardt Daily says that the female victim, identified as victim 1, awoke between 2 and 2:30 a.m. “when her light turned on, to a woman standing over her and staring at her.

The resident said she did not know what to do, and froze, eventually asking the intruder, later identified as Jones, what she was doing there.

The female resident, “Victim #1 said Tyra just stood there and did not move.”

The woman left her bedroom to wake her son, identified as victim 2. They returned to the mother’s bedroom, “and saw Tyra looking through Victim #1’s closet, using her phone as a light,” the statement says.

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The son, “victim #2, knew Tyra’s name and tried to get her to leave. Tyra would not leave and kept saying she was scared.”

The son “had to drag Tyra out of the house and walk her to a neighbor’s house who Tyra knew.”

The woman’s daughter later convinced her to report the incident to police. Moab Police officers responded, and, after tips from several citizens, located Jones at the residence of an acquaintance. They took Jones into custody.

Jones told officers she had been let into the victims’ house by a third person, whom the mother and son confirmed did not live there. Damage to the residence’s back door knob was discovered and documented.

“Tyra Jones currently has several active cases and investigations at the Moab City Police Department for similar behavior, in which she was not located,” the probable cause statement says.

Jones’ bail was set at $10,680.

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