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Bountiful father arrested after allegedly fleeing with 3-year-old child

Posted at 7:23 AM, Jun 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-14 13:14:34-04

BOUNTIFUL, Utah — A Bountiful man was arrested Monday night after police say he attempted to flee with his 3-year-old child.

Dustin Matthews faces multiple charges, including child kidnapping and child endangerment following an incident that began when officers attempted to serve a court order demanding he relinquish his three young children.

When confronted by officers after pulling into the driveway of his home, Matthews fled the scene with his 3-year-old child, leaving behind his 6- and 8-year-old children.

Several resources were immediately called into action to search for Matthews and the child, including a Department of Public Safety helicopter and the Davis County Abduction Response Team.

A nearby resident informed police after seeing Matthews in the neighborhood.

When confronted by police about a mile away from his home, Matthews began to fight with officers, leading to a taser being deployed to subdue him.

The child was uninjured and Matthews was taken into custody near 1000 East and 400 North in less than an hour after the incident began.

Matthews has previously been convicted on multiple incidents involving domestic violence in the presence of a child and had made several threats concerning killing his family.

According to the arrest documents, Matthews made recent statements that he would take his children to Texas and his ex-wife would "never see the children again."

Police said Matthews was convicted of assaulting his ex-wife, the mother of his three children, while she was previously 33 weeks pregnant.