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Suspect pleads guilty in hostage situation

Posted - Jun. 10, 2010 at 8:15 a.m.



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PROVO -- A man who posed as a census worker, held an Alpine couple hostage and demanded $100 million ransom has pleaded guilty.

According to the Deseret News, Tyler Archuleta, 37, admitted in court Wednesday to holding the couple in their Alpine home at gunpoint on Sept. 22. Archuleta showed the couple fake U.S. Census Bureau identification, then pulled a gun on them and demanded money.

Police arrested Archuleta when he came out of the house to leave with the hostages.

He pleaded guilty to burglary, kidnapping and making terroristic threats. His sentencing is set for June 28.

The victim is the CEO of Savage Industries. Police earlier said the incident was spurred by what Archuleta thought was a business deal gone bad.

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