Layton standoff arrests

From left: Hayden Woods, Mitchell Tarbox and Dezire Garcia-Bartz were arrested on various charges as part of a standoff with Layton Police Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

FARMINGTON — The final of three people arrested after a 2018 robbery and standoff in Layton has been sentenced.

Hayden Romelo Woods, 22, was sentenced on April 22 to spend a year at the Davis County Jail, and he was also placed in a work release program, according to online court records.

Woods pleaded guilty in March to one count of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, and one count of kidnapping, a second-degree felony. The prison sentences for the two charges were suspended in lieu of the jail sentence.

In return for his plea, prosecutors dropped one count of possession of a weapon by a restricted person, a second-degree felony.

Woods and two others, 30-year-old Mitchell Whittier Tarbox and 22-year-old Dezire Garcia-Bartz, were arrested after a robbery led to a five-hour standoff with police on Jan. 9, 2018.

Police say the victim met two men in a restaurant parking lot around noon that day to buy a phone that was listed in an online ad.

The two men — who were Tarbox and Woods — attempted to rob the victim at gunpoint. The two also tried to drive away with the victim in their car. The victim was able to break out the car’s window, escape and contact police, according to Layton Police. After the victim escaped, the two men drove to Woods’ apartment a few blocks away. A standoff began when police arrived at the apartment.

Tarbox left the apartment early in the standoff and was arrested, according to police.

A woman who lived with Woods and her two children at the apartment, who police later identified as Garcia-Bartz, repeatedly denied that Woods was hiding in the apartment.

Davis Metro SWAT first breached part of the apartment, found both children and arrested Garcia-Bartz. They later used a robot to search the rest of the apartment.

At about 6 p.m., more than five hours after the standoff began, officers went into the apartment again and found Woods hiding in a closet, according to police.

The standoff ended with no injuries and all suspects in police custody.

Tarbox entered into a plea deal on June 25 to amended charges. He pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping, amended to a second-degree felony, and one count of aggravated robbery, a second-degree felony. In return for his plea, prosecutors dropped one count of theft by receiving stolen property, a second-degree felony, and one count of possession of a weapon by a restricted person, a second-degree felony.

He was sentenced to two concurrent terms of one to 15 years in a Utah prison. As of Tuesday, Tarbox is serving his prison time at the Central Utah Correctional Facility.

Garcia-Bartz ultimately pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony. In return, prosecutors dropped one count of aggravated robbery.

She was sentenced in April 2018 to serve 90 days in jail, and was given credit for time served, which equaled the number of days she had been incarcerated at the Davis County Jail.

Garcia-Bartz was also placed on probation for three years. On March 19, a warrant was issued for Garcia-Bartz’s arrest after police allege she failed to comply with the terms of her probation. As of Tuesday, she was not in jail custody.

Jacob Scholl is the Cops and Courts Reporter for the Standard-Examiner. Email him at and follow him on Twitter at @Jacob_Scholl.

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