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Man arrested after 14-hour manhunt

By Sam Penrod | Posted - Aug. 17, 2011 at 5:52 p.m.

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MONA, Juab County — The search for a man suspected of being involved in a burglary of a Nephi police officer's home ended Wednesday, 14 hours after the manhunt began.

Police got a call Wednesday morning that the person they were searching for was on the run. Officers swarmed a neighborhood and within minutes, arrested Colby Bronson, 25.

“There were a lot of police units here,” Juab County Sheriff Alden Orme said. “And I think it was good to have that many, or I think he might have got away again, but we had enough to contain him.”

Bronson gave up with just one request: He wanted something to drink.

The officer arrived home Tuesday night and found a man burglarizing her home. The burglar fled from the scene in a truck into the mountains of Mona. A chase ensued, during which items reportedly fell out of the back of the man's truck, including a stolen motorcycle from Nephi.

During the chase, the man's truck became high centered and the man fled on foot. The Juab County sheriff said the man was believed to be armed and dangerous after authorities found a box of rifle ammunition in his truck.

By early morning, police had just about given up when a couple in Mona awoke to a suspicious sound.

“We heard this screeching outside our bedroom window," Mona resident Audrey Bandley said. "And we looked out and there was an ATV. Some guy had just stopped all of a sudden and he took off running.”

Police said Bronson had stolen the ATV several blocks away and officers were back on his trail. When officers closed in on him, he tried running again but could not evade a Millard County K-9.

Bronson gave up with just one request. He wanted something to drink.

“That’s all he could ask for,” Orme said. “He was pretty dehydrated from running through the night and the day, and so that is what he wanted, so we gave him a bottle of water to help him out there.”

Bronson has already served time in prison. He was arrested for investigation of possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of stolen property and fleeing from an officer.[](<mailto:>)

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