Suspect in custody after barricading self inside Taylorsville home

Posted at 3:01 PM, Dec 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-14 19:49:53-05

UPDATE: Police confirmed at 4:12 p.m. the suspect was taken into custody.

Police at the scene say the man was hiding in the basement of the home and only surrendered after a K9 was deployed. The suspect was bitten by the K9 during the course of the arrest. His injuries were not serious.

Police say the man was breaking into homes in the area near the home where he barricaded himself. He accessed that home, which was empty, by breaking out a back window.

Because the homeowners had firearms in the residence, police were concerned, however the suspect himself was not armed.

The suspect was later identified as 21-year-old James Schmidt. Police say he will be charged with multiple counts with burglary as well as resisting arrest and fleeing.

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TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — Unified Police have responded in Taylorsville, where a burglary suspect has barricaded himself inside a home.

Lt. Brian Lohrke with the Unified Police Department said around 2:45 p.m. the suspect had been in the home for about 30 minutes and that no one else is inside the residence.

The home is located in the area of 5600 South Bree Street in Taylorsville.

Lohrke said the man was trying to evade police when he broke into the home. It was not immediately clear if the suspect is armed.

Fox 13 News has a crew on the way to the scene, and we’ll update this story as more details emerge.