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Armed intruder in custody in Alpine; homeowners unharmed following standoff

Armed intruder in custody in Alpine; homeowners unharmed following standoff



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ALPINE -- A man who broke into an Alpine home Tuesday night and took the homeowners hostage is now in custody.

Police say the man entered the home at 816 E. Cottonwood Circle around 8 p.m. with a handgun. A husband and wife were in the home at the time and were taken hostage.

Shortly after the break-in, the husband began negotiating with the gunman to allow all three of them to leave the house in a car.

Police say during the negotiations, the homeowner's wife had the presence of mind to dial 911 and leave the phone off the hook. Police responded, and a SWAT team quickly surrounded the home.

As officers listened in on the conversation, they learned the location of where the husband was negotiating to go.

Once the gunman agreed to leave the home with the couple, police intercepted the vehicle about 50 yards from the house and took the gunman into custody.

Police are not releasing the name of the gunman but say he is being booked into the Utah County Jail. The names of the homeowners are not being released yet either.

Investigators say at this point the incident appears to be a business deal gone bad.

We will have live updates from the scene on KSL 5 News at 5 a.m. and KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM, also at 5 a.m. We will also bring you the latest updates on KSL.com.

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