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Man arrested after series of burglary attempts, car theft in West Valley City

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Posted at 1:34 PM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-09 10:00:27-05

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A 43-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly tried to enter a number of different homes in a West Valley City neighborhood.

Jason Dahlquist is accused of going door-to-door in a neighborhood near 1400 W 3100 S and trying to gain entry.

Mug shot: Jason Dahlquist

Mug shot: Jason Dahlquist

“I guess some of the neighbors saw him and tried to intervene and tried to detain him,” said Lt. Jeff Conger, West Valley City Police Department. “Some fighting started.”

Conger said the neighbors’ attempts to fight and detain Dahlquist lasted for up to 30 minutes before police were called for assistance.

“The suspect kept trying different doors and ended up finding one door that was opened and left unlocked, so he went in there, shut the door and locked it behind him so the neighbor guys couldn’t get in there,” Conger said.

Audra Arnold, who lives in that home, said she woke up to Dahlquist lying on the floor in her bedroom, panting.

“He got up. He ran away. I came downstairs and I saw my neighbor outside, luckily, at the bottom of the stairs,” Arnold said. “He went through my garage door, in my car, and sped away.”

According to a probable cause statement, Dahlquist was involved in two hit-and-run crashes as he fled in the stolen vehicle.

Conger said Dahlquist crashed the vehicle near a Smith’s store and was apprehended a short time later. The probable cause statement said Dahlquist, after he had been read his Miranda rights, admitted to entering Arnold’s garage and stealing her car, stating it was because he was off his medication.

Dahlquist faces several felony and misdemeanor charges, including aggravated burglary, transferring a stolen vehicle, criminal mischief, retail theft, use or possession of drugs, assault and hit and run.