MARRIOTT-SLATERVILLE -- Jim Skaggs likes visitors, but not when they come bearing guns and badges and asking him if he is harboring a fugitive.
"It's not like I live in the bad part of town," Skaggs said.
Skaggs said his doorbell rang at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, and when he opened the door, "I counted eight guys, fully armed, looking like the SWAT team, with semiautomatic weapons."
Behind his home were two more law enforcement officers, Skaggs said.
The question the leader asked was the same one Skaggs said he has heard at least four other times since he and his wife bought the home in Marriott-Slaterville in April 2008.
The officers were looking for Weston R. Oram, 32. He was released from the Utah State Prison on May 15 and placed on parole, said Steve Gehrke, spokesman for the Department of Corrections.
Adult Probation and Parole issued the warrant and asked the U.S. Marshals Service to find Oram, said Michael Wingert, supervisor with the U.S. Marshals Service.
According to the court website, Oram was sentenced on June 10, 2010, in 2nd District Court in Farmington to two concurrent terms of up to five years in prison. He pleaded guilty to assault of a prisoner and possession of a controlled substance, both third-degree felonies.
As of Friday afternoon, Oram was still being sought by authorities.
Skaggs said officers from several different agencies have been to his house on four other occasions in the past four years looking for Oram. The first time was several months after he had moved in.
"We told them we just bought the house and we're not related to (Oram)," Skaggs said.
The last name of the previous owners was Oram, Skaggs said.
Officers showed up again on two other occasions, and both times, Skaggs said, he told the officers Oram did not live there.
In all cases, officers did not request to go in the home. They were professional and nice, Skaggs said.
What concerns Skaggs, however, is that someone is not removing his address from the wanted man's file.
"You'd think they'd get a clue after the second or third time," he said.
Wingert said the address of the house is the last known address for Oram, who was arrested at that address before Skaggs bought the home. As of Friday, AP&P officials said Skaggs' address had been removed from Oram's file. However, that may not stop other agencies from visiting the Skaggs in the future looking for the man.
"I hope this takes care of it," Skaggs said when learning his address has been removed. "I understand they're just doing their job."
Wingert said it is common for officers to arrive at a home or apartment, only to learn that the fugitive they are looking for has recently moved.
"We act on the best (information) we have," Wingert said.
Wingert said sending eight to 10 officers to arrest a fugitive is normal, "because we never know when we're interviewing someone if something is going to happen. We'd rather err on the side of caution."
Skaggs said he knows his neighbors may have been concerned seeing law enforcement officers at his home.
"It's not that I care what my neighbors think, but they've got to wonder."