Standoff ends peacefully in Pleasant Grove


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PLEASANT GROVE -- Police surrounded a house Monday night in Pleasant Grove. They arrested a man for assault nearly two hours after the standoff began.

Around 8 p.m., police were called to an home near 100 North and Main Street. They were told a man had assaulted someone for no apparent reason.

Police say the man, 62-year-old Jay Peterson, is actually a landlord of a home where there are several tenants. He and Amanda Heckbeck, a former tenant, got into an argument, and she says he hit her.

"I went downstairs, [he] smacked me right across my face. So, when they heard about it, they called the cops," Heckbeck told KSL News. "He just, he didn't give a reason why, just smacked me right across my face."

Some of the tenants told KSL Peterson sometimes stays in his room for days, but they had never seen him act like this before.

Police grew concerned when Peterson would not come out of the home, so they set up a perimeter in the neighborhood. They evacuated residents because they said they were unsure if he was armed and if the situation could become more dangerous.

In the end, the patience of the SWAT team paid off as Peterson was taken into custody at around 9:45 p.m. He is now being questioned by police.

No one was injured in the standoff.

E-mail: spenrod@ksl.com

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