WEST BOUNTIFUL -- A 40-year-old man who had several felony warrants for his arrests stayed inside an attic with temperatures rising well above 120 degrees until police pulled him out Tuesday.
Steven Shane Tingey was treated for heat exhaustion after police found him inside the attic about 90 minutes after they arrived at the home at about 600 S. 1100 West, West Bountiful.
A warrant for his arrest was issued Friday out of 2nd District Court in Farmington after Tingey failed to appear for a court hearing. Tingey is charged with first-degree felony aggravated sexual abuse of a child. A two-day trial was set to start Aug. 11, but was canceled after Tingey failed to appear.
Judge David Connors had issued a protective order in February requiring Tingey to stay away from the victim in the case.
The standoff began around 2:30 p.m. when Tingey showed up at the home where the victim lives, said West Bountiful Chief Randy Lloyd.
The girl was not in the home when officers arrived, but Tingey was. Lloyd said they then saw smoke coming out of the chimney.
"For safety reasons, we called South Davis Metro (Fire Agency)," Lloyd said. "We didn't know if he was going to burn down the house or what."
Officers broke into the home and saw a pile of plastic items burning, but could not find Tingey on the main floor or in the basement.
Bountiful police and Davis County Sheriff's deputies also responded. Davis County's K-9 unit also was dispatched.
At about 4 p.m. officers who were outside the home ran inside the house to help bring Tingey safely out.
"He is in the attic," Lloyd said. "I can't believe he's up there. You'd think he'd cook."
Tingey was brought out with his hands handcuffed behind his back. Officers brought a wet towel for Tingey's head.
The mother of the girl who is the victim was at the scene. She asked that her name not be used.
"I'm worried about him," she said. "He's got some drug problems."
According to the state court website, Tingey was first arrested in 1995. He pleaded guilty in 2nd District Court in Farmington to third-degree felony unlawful sexual intercourse.
He has since been charged with and convicted of misdemeanors and felonies ranging from theft to illegal possession of controlled substances to burglary at least 10 times in Davis and Salt Lake counties.