WEST POINT -- Teresa Dailey opened her front door and melted into sobs moments after officers drove away with the Ogden man they had been searching for in her neighborhood Wednesday morning.
Once Dailey collected her composure, she talked about her surprise encounter with Nathan Langlais, 26, in her house with her children in the next room. Dailey, who lives in the community near 1500 West and 25 North in West Point, said she heard through the neighborhood phone tree that officers were searching for man, who took off on foot shortly before 9 a.m. following a car chase that ended in a crash at 150 N. 1600 West. That was about a half-mile away from her home.
Her children were playing outside when she took the call at 9:30 a.m. Dailey brought her daughters inside and locked the front door. She asked the contractor, who was installing new blinds in her home, to enter her home through the garage.
Around noon, Dailey went to her kitchen to fix lunch, and a man, who was later identified as Langlais, came in through the garage door, "out of breath and winded, saying he had been in a car accident with his buddy and needed to call his girlfriend who was 36 weeks pregnant," Dailey said. "He then rattled off a phone number."
Instead of helping him, Dailey yelled for the contractor, who told Langlais to get out of the house. Dailey called 911 and told dispatchers which direction Langlais ran. Seconds later, police cars, trucks and SUVs from several agencies converged on her street and arrested him.
But it was two off-duty Layton firefighters, doing yard work across the street from Dailey, who captured Langlais.
Firefighters Brandon Parr and Thayne Roberts were finishing concrete for a shed when Langlais, wearing shorts and no shoes, walked into Parr's backyard and asked if the two needed help.
Instead the two, who were aware of the manhunt, "ordered him to the ground," said Roberts, who also happens to be a SWAT member.
Roberts had his radio with him and let officers know they had the suspect.
Langlais had entered at least three homes unlawfully Wednesday morning.
"He scared this neighborhood pretty bad," said Davis County Sheriff's Sgt. Susan Poulsen.
The search began Wednesday morning when a Davis County Sheriff's deputy initiated a traffic stop near 300 N. 1600 West. However, Langlais took off, "going at a high rate of speed," Poulsen said.
He lost control of his car near 150 N. 1600 West and crashed into a curb.
Tammy Lawyer, who is a nurse and had just finished working a graveyard shift, lives near that corner. She had taken her children to school and had gone to bed when she heard a siren.
She went to the family room, which has a door to the garage. Looking out the west window, she saw the crash and a few officers.
Hearing a noise, she walked to the stairs that lead to the basement, where her son's bedroom is.
"There was this strange man walking up the stairs, saying he had been in an accident and begging me not to call police," Lawyer said.
Without thinking, Lawyer somehow shoved the man out of her home and slammed the door behind him.
"I was shaking so bad, I couldn't bolt it, but I locked it," Lawyer said.
She ran up the stairs and called 911. Lawyer said Langlais got into her son's bedroom through an unlocked window.
For several hours police searched the neighborhood going door to door.
Around 11:35 a.m., a deputy with Davis County's Sheriff's Office, who was parked on 1525 West, could be heard talking to Langlais on the phone. The phone call ended when Precious Everett, who lives two houses north of Lawyer's home, returned from running errands.
She drove into her driveway, opened the garage door, then carried several bags of groceries into her home. Seconds later, she ran out, yelling to the two officers on the street and pointing to the house, "He's in there. A man's in there."
The officers took off running to the house and then into the backyard. They asked her if her back door had been open when she left. She said no.
Everett, who waited in a neighbor's driveway on the east side while officers searched the area, said the door from her garage to her house had been locked.
"I never lock that door," Everett said about the door inside the garage.
When the door opened, a man stood there telling her not to call the cops. That's when she ran outside.
West Point Elementary and Lakeside Elementary schools were in lockdown for about 20 minutes, said Shauna Lund, spokeswoman for Davis School District. West Point Junior High School had been asked to go into lockdown, but it was canceled just minutes later. Syracuse High School was never locked down.
According to the court website, a Nathan Langlais, with the same birthdate, entered a plea in abeyance to several drug possession charges, including two third-degree felonies, on Feb. 12 in 2nd District Court in Ogden. He has a court hearing scheduled for May 14.