TAYLORSVILLE, Utah, April 7, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — A suspect is in custody Friday morning after an alleged sexual assault at Salt Lake Community College’s Taylorsville-Redwood campus.
A probable cause statement from Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office states that Timothy Alan Wyatt entered the Lifetime Activities Center on the campus at 4600 South Redwood Road at approximately 7:30 a.m.
Wyatt, who is not a student at the Community College, waited in the women’s locker room for 90 minutes before the victim entered. Wyatt put tape over the motion sensor for the light switch for the locker room to prevent the lights from turning on.
The probable cause statement said Wyatt, who was wearing latex type gloves, grabbed the 18-year-old victim from behind, put his hand over her mouth and tried to pull her further inside the locker room.
Wyatt groped her breast in a forceful manner, and the victim bit his arm and elbowed him in the chest. The victim then ran from the locker room to seek help.
Wyatt fled from the building, using the back door of the locker room, and he left through an emergency exit door he had previously propped open.
The victim suffered injuries to her body and face including bruises and a large cut on one of her arms.
Wyatt fled from the campus into a neighborhood where he attempted to break into a house.
The UHP led the search for Wyatt in the area of 4400 S. 2200 West, with assistance from the West Valley City and the Unified Police departments.
Granite School District tweeted at 9 a.m. that John C. Fremont Elementary, at 4249 S. Atherton Drive (1425 West), Taylorsville Elementary School at 2010 Mantle Ave. (2000 West) and Eisenhower Junior High School at 4351 S. Redwood Rd. were placed on shelter-in-place protocols as officials attempted to locate Wyatt. An additional tweet added there was no direct threat to students and the protocols were put in place as a precautionary measure. Exterior doors to the school were locked but classes proceeded as normal.
Wyatt was taken into custody at a 7-Eleven store in the area of 3500 S. Redwood Road.
A screwdriver type tool was left behind in a nearby athletic training room on campus, and a bag containing some medical supplies was taken from the locker room, and police also located a white crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine on his person.
Wyatt has been booked into jail on charges of forcible sexual abuse, possession or use of a controlled substance, attempted burglary, assault and burglary.
The shelter-in-place protocols were lifted at 10:30 a.m.
Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information becomes available.