FARMINGTON -- A 51-year-old man, who hid from police and may have attempted to grab a little girl from a residential garage, is facing multiple charges.The man was hiding from police in the garage after an incident at court. The girl is the granddaughter of Farmington Mayor Scott Harbertson.
"It's so hard being here because I can't just go over there and give them a hug or comfort them," said Harbertson, who is currently in Oregon and was reached by phone by the Standard-Examiner.
The events began shortly before noon Wednesday when Christian Wayne Pyle, 51, walked into 2nd District Court in Farmington. A bailiff recognized Pyle as someone wanted in Tooele, Salt Lake and Davis counties for multiple burglaries and approached him, said Davis County Sheriff's Sgt. Susan Poulsen.
Pyle ran from officers, jumped into his car and fled from the parking lot. A witness saw him and told police that the car had been parked on 200 West, which has an on-ramp to Interstate 15, and is the road where Farmington Junior High is located.
The junior high was put into lockdown while officers searched the area.
Officers found the man inside a residential garage around 12:15 p.m., Poulsen said.
Farmington police booked Pyle into Davis County Jail on a burglary warrant out of 3rd District Court in Salt Lake City on two counts of possession of methamphetamine, one count of failure to respond to an officer's signal to stop and one count of failure to obey traffic control device. He is being held without bail.
Harbertson said his daughter-in-law was in her front yard and saw officers in the neighborhood, which is about a half-mile east of the courthouse. She called her husband, who works in Farmington.
"I'm not sure what happened, but my son had not gotten home yet when (my daughter-in-law) found the guy in her garage," Harbertson said.
When Harbertson's son did get home, he carried his daughter until another family member arrived shortly after 12:30 p.m. The woman took the children with her and Harbertson's son drove his wife, who was distraught, to the police station to give her statement.
The couple were at the police station giving their statements when Harbertson talked to them briefly.
Mike Bentley said he drove into his mother's driveway, which is next door to the Harbertsons' home, and saw the police. The police grabbed Harbertson's daughter-in-law and her children, one of them an infant, and pulled them behind a police car that had parked in front of the driveway.
Officers then went inside the garage and brought a man out, "laid him on the driveway and handcuffed him," Bentley said.
Bentley talked to Harbertson's daughter-in-law after police took Pyle away.
"She said the man tried to grab the little girl," Bentley said.
Bentley said the neighborhood is a relatively quiet one even though the courthouse and jail are less than a half-mile away.
"I'm just glad no harm came to that little girl," Bentley said.
Farmington Police Lt. Parish Snyder said officers from Davis County Sheriff's Office, Kaysville, Centerville and Farmington assisted in the search for Pyle. His office is investigating what happened when Pyle was confronted by Harbertson's daughter-in-law and granddaughter. They will have the Davis County Attorney's Office review the case before formal charges are filed.