West Jordan police still searching for suspect after standoff

Posted at 11:40 AM, Jun 17, 2013

WEST JORDAN, Utah – Police are searching for a man accused of sexually abusing a child, who fled after a six-hour standoff in a West Jordan neighborhood on Monday.

Albert Chavez, 38, was wanted on a warrant out of West Jordan's 3rd District Court charging him with aggravated sex abuse of a child. When police went to arrest him at his home near 2000 West 7400 South, police said he was with a child and fled into the home.

"We believe there was a child with him this morning," West Jordan Police Sgt. Dan Roberts told FOX 13. "We don't have any reason to suspect that child is anyone other than a family member. But obviously, with the charges that were brought about with the investigation and the warrant, we're concerned about him being with any child."

Police began a six-hour standoff until officers got a warrant to break into the house. Neighbors were asked to stay inside their homes or voluntarily evacuate.

Officers found no one inside the home.

Police are still searching the area for Charvez, but said they did not have a description of the child that was spotted with him. Roberts said detectives were still trying to verify if a child was, in fact, with him.

Chavez is described as 5-foot-10, 230 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. Police ask anyone with information about the suspect to contact them at 801-840-4000.