Teen held against will after Halloween prank

Posted at 9:27 PM, Nov 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-04 23:27:45-05

WEST POINT -- A West Point man got more tricks than treats Halloween night.  He was fed up and Davis County deputies say after a 14-year-old boy played a prank, the man held the teen against his will inside the suspect's home.

It happened near 29th West 175 North.  The man told police he was upset about previous pranks during the night and when a 14-year-old laid down on his front porch and played dead, he reacted.

Police say the man yanked the teen into his house, closed the door and demanded the boy's phone number.

"It sounds like it was about 30 seconds is all that he was in the home but he was not allowed to leave at that point,” said Sgt. Susan Poulsen with the Davis County sheriff’s office. “He was locked in with the door shut and locked and the male blocking his exit.”

Poulsen said the boys out on the porch were shocked, frightened and did not know what was going on.

“They felt inclined to knock on the door politely and ask for their friend back, which he did comply at that point and they all ran home and advised their parents what had happened," Poulsen said. "You just don't pull another person's child into your home and lock him in, particularly when they don't know you."

Davis County deputies aren't releasing the man's name but cited him for unlawful detention, a class b misdemeanor.

The teen's parents were unavailable for comment but the boy's mother posted on the Davis County Sheriff's Facebook page that she called police to be "better safe than sorry" after police say the teen was visibly shaken by what happened.