SALT LAKE CITY — Seven juveniles may face charges for a break-in at an elementary school, and a trooper was involved in a crash while responding to that call.
Things began shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday when police got a call from someone who spotted several people on the roof of Edison Elementary School, 466 South Cheyenne Street.
Police arrived to find a broken skylight, and several juveniles ran from the scene. Lt. Dave Cracroft, Salt Lake City Police, said they dropped items they had stolen from inside the school while fleeing.
Officers searched the area and found several of the suspected burglars. The rest they apprehended with some help from a parent.
“We had a parent walk over to the scene and asked what had gone on and said that two of his children were involved and went home and brought them back to the scene for us,” Cracroft said.
The juveniles could face charges for burglary, fleeing, property damage and theft.
A Utah Highway Patrol trooper responding to the scene ran a red light at 400 South and Redwood Road and collided with a woman driving southbound. She was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
The trooper was unhurt.
The crash, including whether or not the patrol vehicle had lights and sirens activated, is under investigation.
WEST VALLEY CITY — Two 13-year-old boys are facing charges after police said they broke into an elementary school and stole a laptop early Wednesday morning.
Lt. Matheson with West Valley City Police said the crime occurred shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday at Granger Elementary, located at 3700 South and 1950 West.
Matheson said the two 13-year-old boys smashed a rear door at the school and took a laptop. An alarm was triggered, and Granite School District called police.
Officers reviewed surveillance footage, which showed the boys’ direction of travel after leaving. They were located in a field north of the school.
Both boys were booked into juvenile detention and will face charges of burglary and criminal mischief.
The stolen laptop was returned and the broken door secured.
SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department is looking for a group of men who were wearing clown masks during a home invasion Sunday morning.
One of the clowns shot a man inside, in front of the victim’s young children on Mother’s Day.
FOX 13 spoke to a grandmother who lives inside. She said she started yelling at the clowns before one of them threw her down a steep flight of stairs, landing on top of her wounded son-in-law.
The grandmother asked to remain anonymous, still afraid after what happened to her family.
“My two grandsons, six and five, were right there screaming, ‘Please don’t shoot my dad again,’” the grandmother described. “They’re going to be traumatized for the rest of their life over this.”
The man was shot in the arm and went into surgery, in critical condition.
“It hit his artery,” the grandmother said. “I don’t know if he’s going to live or die.”
The grandmother said the clowns demanded money but left with nothing because the family didn’t have any money to give.
“I’m surprised they didn’t shoot me because I came at him like a ****ing mother bear,” she said. “They have no conscience… These two kids sitting here? What is wrong with you?”
The grandmother went to the hospital as well, with a black eye, a broken rib, and a bruised spleen. She said she’s sore, but not worried about herself, because her injuries will heal.
She’s not so sure about the rest of her family.
“They damaged my grandchildren for life,” she said. “They’re never going to forget that.”
SLCPD so far has not released a suspect or vehicle description, but they are asking anyone in the neighborhood to please share surveillance video or any information they might have about the case.
If you have any information, please call (801) 799-3000.
ROSSMOOR, Calif. – A naked man who was chased out of a California home after undressing in a 14-year-old boy’s bedroom was taken into custody at a nearby elementary school early Thursday following an hours-long standoff, authorities said.
Keith Eric Newbury is seen in a booking photo released by the Sheriff’s Department.
The incident began Wednesday night when the intruder walked into a teen’s bedroom while the boy was laying in bed, according to a statement from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
“When he got into my room, he shook me on my shoulder. I was facing away from the door,” Dane Boryta said. “He looked at me and said, ‘Just making certain you weren’t deaf.’”
Detailing the harrowing ordeal, the teen told KTLA he had never seen the man before and believed he was either mentally ill or on drugs at the time. Somehow he managed to keep his composure as the man started taking off his clothes.
“He started undressing. I looked at him and told him to give me a moment,” Boryta said.
As the man disrobed, the teen then went to the kitchen and found his mother and told her there was a stranger in his room.
The man – completely naked by then – came out of the room and into the kitchen where he attacked the mother, putting a computer cable around a neck, according to Boryta. His mother fought back.
The quick-thinking teenager didn’t want to hit or punch the man because he concerned it would only escalate the situation. Instead, he grabbed a meat cleaver.
“I raised it over my head and I told him that I didn’t want to have to use it,” Boryta said, adding, “I would never use the meat cleaver on the guy, but he doesn’t know that.”
The boy’s father, who had been outside, heard the commotion and went back into the house. He grabbed the man around the neck and then chased him outside.
Boryta said his father was moving a car and left the front door unlocked, which was how the intruder got inside.
Deputies responded to the scene after receiving multiple 911 calls regarding the incident. When they arrived, the man got into a white Dodge Van and sped off, stopping his vehicle several blocks away on the grass of Hopkinson Elementary School.
He then climbed atop one of the buildings at the school.
Helicopter video over the scene showed him crouched on the roof, apparently in an effort to hide from deputies.
Multiple law enforcement agencies responded, including at least two air units, and surrounded the area, according to the sheriff’s statement.
The naked man remained on the roof for about 2 1/2 hours before surrendering, authorities confirmed to KTLA shortly before 2 a.m.
He was allegedly under the influence of an unknown drug and had committed “several acts of vandalism” while trying to hide on the roof, according to the statement.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department identified the suspect as 37-year-old Keith Eric Newbury.
He was treated at a local hospital emergency room. After, Newbury was booked at the Orange County Jail on suspicion of burglary, indecent exposure, assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.
PORTLAND, Ore. — A 22-year-old man is behind bars after he was caught on camera breaking into a woman’s home recently.
Court records show Kye Phillips used the victim’s shower, tried on her clothes and jewelry and was also seen walking around in a pair of high heels, according to KPTV
“He was going through all my personal things. My underwear, my bras, he was going through all my clothes. He ate my ice cream and some food. Drank root beer from the fridge, just made himself at home,” said Shauna told WPTV.
She said she was alerted to the intruder thanks to her dog, who kept barking and set off the “Furbo” dog camera app on her phone.
That’s when she saw a live video feed from her dog camera showing a man stepping out of her bathroom.
“All of a sudden I see this guy coming out in a towel from my bathroom. I was like what are you doing in my house? Why are you wearing my clothes?” Shauna said.
KPTV reports Shauna immediately called police and raced home. Together, they confronted the man.
“His face was just like shock, like ‘oh my god, I can’t believe I was caught.’ He was wearing my black bra, a black bathing suit bottom that I have and a white coverup,” Shauna said during her interview.
The suspect is now facing charges of burglary and theft.