MILLCREEK, Utah - Police are on the lookout for a woman who walked into a Millcreek home Monday afternoon and terrorized the family before taking their car. The victim is an anchor at FOX 13 News.
Kerri Cronk's family is recovering from the scary encounter. Kerri, anchor for FOX 13's Good Day Utah morning show, was napping during the incident but her husband and son thought fast on their feet and gave the woman what she wanted, a car to get away.
It happened at about 3p.m. Monday. Tate Cronk, 15, heard the front door open and said he thought it was his brother coming home. When
he didn't hear any noise, he said he sensed something was off.
"It was really silent so I stood up and looked and just saw her standing there," Tate said.
Seconds later, Kerri's husband Kevin realized what was going on.
"She was telling me that she was being chased, some people were trying to kill her and she wanted a car," Kevin Cronk said.
Police confirmed the suspect was holding a metal prying device, similar to a crowbar. It can be seen in her hand in the cell phone video Tate captured.
"After like 15 seconds she actually yelled for me to turn it off," Tate said.
"She was aggressive seemed either on drugs or maybe mentally not stable," Kevin added. "She actually said if you don't give me a car I'm going to kill you."
Kevin Cronk and Tate complied and the woman left with the family's white Honda Pilot.
Justin Hoyal with the Unified Police Department said their focus now is to find this suspect before she strikes again.
"This is a very violent situation for a suspect to come in armed with a pry tool into somebody's home and demand their car keys, is a very dangerous situation and we want to get this individual caught," Hoyal said.
Kerri told FOX 13 she's just relieved her family is OK.
"We have our garage down before we go to bed we lock up the house but I didn't think about having the door locked during the day the dog goes in and out and I just feel like I'll never make that mistake again," Kerri said.
Kerri told detectives she did not know the suspect.
The suspect is described as a white female in her early 20s, about 5'5" with some piercings on her nose and face.
The car is at white Honda Pilot with license place B40 5AL.