Area cops conduct back-to-back arrests at Price apartment
Police from nearly every Carbon County law enforcement agency, including SWAT, became part of a standoff in Price Saturday afternoon, when officials learned that a second suspect was living at the same location where a morning warrant had been served.
The standoff ended near 2:20 p.m. as SWAT took down an apartment door near 500 South and Carbon Ave. They then chased suspect Nicholas Taylor, 23, through the apartment, as he barricaded himself behind a locked bedroom door.
According to Price Police Capt. Bill Barnes, SWAT members had to breach a second door before they were able to take Taylor into custody. He was booked into the Carbon County Jail on a Utah County warrant associated with DUI metabolite, possession of drug paraphernalia and interlock restricted driver charges. Taylor also had an outstanding $10,000 Seventh District Court warrant in connection to a past burglary.
Taylor was arrested for resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, obstruction of justice and criminal mischief.
Police work on Carbon Avenue had begun earlier Saturday as Price police served a pair of warrants on Nicholas' father, George Taylor, 50, at 7:11 a.m.
According to Barnes, the cops noticed Nicholas at the scene but were unaware of his situation with the courts. Upon booking George Taylor into the county jail, they learned that Nicholas was wanted on two outstanding warrants and returned to the scene.
"The problems began when police informed Nicholas that he had some matters to clear up with the courts and needed to open the door," said Barnes. "He refused to come out and said that if law enforcement tried to come after him, that he wouldn't go easy."
After the suspect refused to come out, the SWAT team was called to the location and police presence grew to between 12 and 15 vehicles.
"Nicholas would talk through the door but just wouldn't submit to arrest," said Barnes.
According to Barnes, law enforcement previously could enter the home of someone with a warrant and arrest them until about six months ago. Since then, several court decisions have required police to obtain an additional search warrant before forcing their way into a suspect's home.
There was never any indication that Nicholas had a firearm and so police decided not to close down traffic on the busy city street or evacuate any nearby homes, explained Barnes.
Sheena Grant, 29, of Wellington was driving along Carbon Avenue just as police got ready to make their arrest and was alarmed to see so many cops.
"After passing Market Express, I noticed a couple of police cars and thought someone had been pulled over," she said. "Then I noticed just how many cops there were. As I drove by I saw an officer filming the SWAT Team as they broke through the door. When they ran in, the cop with the camera followed them with in and then we had driven too far past to see."
While it took some additional time to obtain a second warrant and brought a great many cops into the fold, Barnes explained why the new procedure has its benefits.
"You know, I was glad everybody had the opportunity to slow down and go over what was about to happen," Barnes said. "The last thing we ever want is for something to get out of control or for somebody to get hurt. When things slow down like that arrests tend to happen a little easier."