WVC Homeowner Threatened With Gun During Attempted Car Burglary
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A West Valley City homeowner said he got lucky after an encounter with three men, armed with a gun, attempted to burglarize vehicles in his neighborhood.
“They were walking and I just said, ‘hey, get away from that car’ and then they start swearing and threatened to shoot me,” Chris Northrup said. “Threats are threats until you actually see a gun.”
The incident happened around 3:30 Tuesday morning as Northrup sat on his porch. He said after calling out to the men, one of them walked closer and brandished the firearm.
“He walked into the center of the street lifted up his shirt and pulled out a gun about halfway out of his waistband,” Northrop said.
"I just said 'hey, get away from that car' and then they start swearing and threatened to shoot me."
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He called police, but when officers arrived on scene the three men had already taken off. With a clear description of the suspects from the homeowner, police were able to locate two of them Tuesday morning near Granger High School.
“A couple of our officers noticed these two males walking and just contacted them and right on the ground next to them was the gun,” Lt. Kent Stokes said.
West Valley City police arrested 21-year-old Andrew Greening along with a 17-year-old. They are still searching a third suspect as of Wednesday night.