Police: Ogden suspect tracked by snowy footprints after gun threats, fleeing in stolen car

David Lyman Rowley. Photo Courtesy: Weber County

OGDEN, Utah, March 5, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — An Ogden man was arrested early Monday after pointing a gun — which turned out to be a replica — at his ex-roommate and the ex-roommate’s girlfriend, then fleeing from police, officials said.

Officers were dispatched to the 900 block of 20th Street on report of a weapon disturbance just after midnight, Ogden Police Department said in a news release.

“The complainant called police after she and her boyfriend were confronted at their home by an ex-roommate and two unknown males,” the news release said.

An argument broke out, during which one of the suspect males pulled and pointed a firearm at the complainant.”

The suspects then fled the scene in a white Honda Civic. Officers researched the suspects’ profiles on Facebook and were able to identify the individual with the gun as David Lyman Rowley, 29. The area was searched, but the suspects were not located.

Several hours later, just after 4:10 a.m., officers spotted a stolen Honda Civic driving erratically on Century Drive.

Officers attempted to stop the car, but the driver fled at a high rate of speed. Minutes later, the vehicle was found abandoned on West Oak Drive at the intersection with 5th Street.

“A single pair of footprints led away from the vehicle and into the backyard of a nearby residence,” the news release goes on. “Officers followed the prints until they were met by a homeowner who said a male had just broken in through the rear sliding-glass door. The suspect reportedly ran upstairs where other adults and children were sleeping. Officers searched the home and found Rowley in a child’s bedroom wedged between a bed and the wall.”

He was taken into custody without incident.

Officers interviewed Rowley. The gun used in the earlier disturbance was located inside the stolen Honda, and was determined to be an Airsoft handgun replica.

Rowley was transported and booked into the Weber County Jail on charges including:

  • Failure to appear on a citation
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Use or possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Failure to respond to an officer’s signal to stop
  • Receive or transfer of a stolen vehicle
  • Criminal trespass within a dwelling
  • Reckless driving and
  • No valid licence/expired

Additional charges are pending following further investigation.


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