Fugitive Caught in Manhunt Near Heber City

Fugitive Caught in Manhunt Near Heber City

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Sam Penrod Reporting"We weren't sure he was armed or not and we want to make sure that the safety of our citizens isn't jeopardized in any way.

A small army of law enforcement converges on Wasatch County this evening, searching for a wanted fugitive. The manhunt began this afternoon when a man who escaped from probation officers earlier in the week was spotted near Heber City. But the man escaped again on foot, prompting a wide-scale search in the hills south of Heber.

The suspect was arrested not far from the Sheriff's office just after six tonight, when someone noticed a strange man on a bicycle. It ended a four hour search that really caused quite a bit of commotion today in the Heber City area.

This all started last Tuesday when the man, 49-year old David Young from Duchesne County, escaped from probation officers who were arresting him on a parole violation. The man had warrants for firearms violations and illegal drugs.

Detectives had information the man would be in Wasatch County this afternoon, and when they approached him he ran into the hills. That prompted a huge response from law enforcement, including a police helicopter. In fact, when it was all over, we counted 34 police vehicles from the Utah Highway Patrol, Wasatch and Summit counties, and Heber City as well as State Parks officers.

Lt. Jeff Winterton, Wasatch County Sheriff's Office: "Any time we even believe a person may be armed which a lot of times we always speculate that, but in this instance where there were weapons violations, that he was wanted for it steps up our awareness a little bit and we want to get these people apprehended.”

Investigators say that the suspect was likely hiding out for the last few days in the small community of Wallsburg. Detectives are still investigating if someone was helping the suspect.

Tonight we are told he is safely back in the Duchesne County jail where he will face even more criminal charges than he had when all this started on Tuesday.

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