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Suspect in custody after Centerville man checking on his chickens finds, tackles fugitive

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Posted at 3:21 PM, May 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-30 23:48:18-04

CENTERVILLE, Utah -- A homeowner who went to check on his shed Friday because his chickens were acting up stumbled upon a suspect who had fled from Centerville police, and after that homeowner tackled the fugitive officers were able to take the suspect into custody.

Things began Friday sometime before 5 p.m. when a Centerville Police Department officer observed a wanted man he recognized as 32-year-old Justin R. Anderson near a home in Centerville in the area of 400 West and 700 North.

The officer ran a computer check and saw Anderson, who lives in West Valley City, was a felony fugitive from justice, so he called for backup. Several officers from Centerville surrounded the home, which the press release from police stated has been the site of, “several drug related incidents.”

Anderson had gone inside the home, but when officers knocked he ran out of the back door at high speed and, “used a trampoline in the back yard to jump over a tall fence going into another yard.”

Officers set up a containment in the area and used a “Code Red” alert system to notify residents and businesses nearby of the search. Four officers with K9s and other personnel began searching the area for Anderson.

shed chicken coop robert boydAs the search was going on, a homeowner noticed the chickens he keeps were acting up, so he went to investigate. He opened his shed, and the suspect was inside. Anderson began running but was tackled by the homeowner. Officers converged on the area, and Anderson was taken into custody without any harm or incident at 4:35 p.m. Friday.

Anderson was booked into the Davis County Jail on the fugitive warrant and for avoiding apprehension as well as “one or more drug charges”, according to the press release.