A West Valley City businessman who formerly operated a trucking firm in Carbon County was arrested on Sept. 22 after he allegedly forced his way into a Savage Industries executive's home in Alpine. He allegedly held the man and his family at gunpoint for several hours.
Alpine Police Department arrested Tyler D. Archuletta, 36, former owner of Archuletta Trucking that operated in Carbon County, after he reportedly forced the family into a car and ordered them to drive out of their driveway in the Lone Peak area. Police stopped the car and arrested him there.
Archuletta was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on charges of forgery, aggravated kidnapping, terrorist threats, possession of burglary tools and extortion.
Reportedly, Archuletta was upset about past events concerning his trucking business during the time he was a contractor with Savage.
Savage Trucking is one of the largest trucking firms in eastern Utah. They haul coal from mines around the area to power plants and load outs.
Alpine Police reported that Archuletta entered the executive's home carrying a gun about 8 p.m. on that September evening. The homeowner started talking with him about the problem and attempting to negotiate with him. Meanwhile, the executive's daughter dialed 911 and kept the dispatch service on the line the entire time Archuletta was there. Apparently, officers learned of Archuletta's plans through overhearing that telephone conversation. In turn, they were able to apprehend Archuletta before the car left the yard.
While Archuletta's motives during the incident are still somewhat unclear, they were apparently related to the termination of his company's contract with Savage. Court records show that financial problems plagued the company and that the loss of that contract put the company into a complete loss situation.
Previously, Archuletta had experienced conflict with Carbon County while his business was still operational. He had obtained the use of the former Phillips 66 gas station on Carbonville Road as an office and a place to house his trucks. He also washed trucks there. The operations created problems for neighbors. The county became concerned about runoff from the site polluting water in the area. While Archuletta had sent managers to meetings with the county concerning the situation, he never met with county officials himself. In February of 2008 the county ordered the company to cease and desist operations on that property to stop the problems.
Archuletta's bail was set at $50,000 cash during a court hearing the next day. Formal charges are still pending.