If there was ever an excuse to carry a gun, this may be it. Scary situation these women were placed in.
The father and son accused of luring a woman and her four teenage daughters to a Utah house and tying them up while high on methamphetamine are both in custody in Wyoming.
At the end of a dramatic five-day manhunt, law officers arrested Dereck James ‘DJ’ Harrison, 22, late Saturday night, several hours after the surrender of his father, Flint Wayne Harrison, 51, the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office said.
The various charges the men face include aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and possession of a controlled substance.
Sublette County Sheriff’s Office said that shortly after 10pm local time, the younger Harrison was arrested without incident in the Half Moon Lake area of western Wyoming and booked into the county jail.
His father had turned himself in earlier in the day and had been helping authorities find his son, officials said.
The forested back country around the lake had been the focus of a daylong search after officials determined that the younger man was in the area, possibly armed with rifles with high-capacity magazines and knives.
He had also made threats to law enforcement, the sheriff’s office said.
During the search, authorities evacuated a campground and urged area residents to stay inside.
The arrest came shortly after the department had announced that the search for the younger man was suspended for the night.
‘Law enforcement officials who were manning the roadblock and patrolling the roadway, observed a male matching the description of Dereck, walking south towards the deputies,’ the department said in a news release.
The men are accused of tying the mother and daughters up with zip ties. When the elder Harrison hit the woman with a baseball bat, the teens began to break their ties and tried to escape, according to charging documents.
In the struggle that followed, one girl slapped away a shotgun pointed at her throat and another grabbed the bat and hit the son, police said.
The 17-year-old girl had tried to call 911 with a phone she’d hidden but the elder Harrison pinned her to the wall and took it, according to the warrant.
The victims managed to escape in a Chevrolet Suburban that was later found abandoned and the mother and at least one daughter were taken to a local hospital.