SWAT dispatched in Layton after man stabs girlfriend; suspect arrested after standoff

Posted at 4:37 PM, Jun 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-28 19:57:27-04

LAYTON, Utah -- A man was arrested after a standoff with SWAT personnel in Layton Sunday afternoon that lasted about 2.5 hours, and police were initially dispatched to the residence after the suspect's girlfriend called to say she had been stabbed.

Police received report of the stabbing at the Park Village Mobile Home Park, 355 North Main St., around 12:23 p.m. Sunday, and when they responded to the scene the victim was in the front yard and the suspect, her boyfriend, had locked himself inside the residence.

North Davis Metro SWAT was dispatched, and police attempted to talk the suspect, identified as 22-year-old Jonathan Arevalo, into coming out of the home but were not able to do so.

Police eventually secured a search warrant and broke down the door to the residence. The suspect was hiding inside, but when police announced their intention to send a K9 into the residence the man surrendered without incident.

The victim was taken to a hospital to be treated, and authorities said they expected her to make a full recovery. Specific details about her injuries were not available.

Arevalo is being booked into the Davis County Jail Sunday, and neighbors said they aren't surprised to see something like this occur, saying the man and his girlfriend, believed to be around the same age as Arevalo, have been heard arguing since they moved in.

"They had only lived there maybe two and a half months if that, and it's just been constant arguing, yelling, bickering back and forth, and slamming doors at all hours of the night," neighbor Rhela Harley said.

Neighbor Tiffany Cruz said surprising or not, it is frightening.

"It's a very scary thing," she said. "I have been a victim of domestic violence, I've seen it through family, and I've seen it and I know that it's very scary and very sad."

Police at the scene could not confirm whether or not they had visited the residence before, but neighbors said they have seen police respond to the home in the past for various disturbances.

The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition in Utah states free, confidential support and resources are available to those impacted by domestic violence. For details call 1-800-897-5465 or visit the coalition's website.