ROY -- Jeremy Valdes, a suspect in the homicide of two people whose bodies were discovered in a closet of their Roy mobile home, briefly escaped police custody early Tuesday before he was apprehended again by authorities in Clearfield.
Roy Police Chief Greg Whinham said his department was questioning Valdes when he got away from their custody. They then alerted police in Clearfield, where Valdes has family.
Whinham wouldn't elaborate on how Valdes got away.
"We knew exactly where he would go," Whinham said. "We invited our friends in Clearfield to participate. We knew where he was headed."
Dispatchers in Weber County alerted authorities in the Top of Utah to watch for Valdes, 33.
Clearfield police had just started surveillance of the area where Valdes' relatives live when they pulled over a vehicle that drove up to the home, said Clearfield Assistant Police Chief Greg Krusi.
Police recognized a man in the passenger seat who matched the description of Valdes. The man reportedly told officers his name was Jason Hall.
The 23-year-old driver of the car told police she drove Valdes from her home in Roy.
The woman, who police did not identify because it is believed she had no connection to Valdes and did not know who he was, told police Valdes woke her up when he knocked on her door and said he needed to use her phone.
Valdes then begged her to drive him to his mother's home in Clearfield, which the woman did reluctantly, Krusi said.
"She said, 'I don't know this guy. He knocked on my door and asked me to give him a ride,' " Krusi said. "She was concerned and nervous."
Valdes and Miranda Statler, 26, are suspected in the murders of Pamela Knight Jeffries, 56, and her son, Matthew Roddy, 30. Their bodies were discovered Monday afternoon, and police say they believe their killings occurred after one of them called police Nov. 25 to report prescription drugs had been taken from the home.
Whinham said the two were likely killed later that day.
Preliminary reports suggest Jeffries was struck with a blunt object and was strangled, while Roddy was stabbed with a knife. That weapon was found Tuesday in the Ogden River at the mouth of Ogden Canyon.
Krusi said police have had a number of run-ins with Valdes and that helped officers recognize him.
"We have a history of arrests with him," Krusi said. "In 2007, he threatened to kill Miranda and Miranda's child. He has a history of assaults and child abuse."