A father from Utah prevented a man from kidnapping his 5-year-old daughter by confronting the suspect who snatched the girl from her bed.
A Salt Lake City police said at about 4:30 a.m. the suspect entered the house through an unlocked side door in Sandy; a middle-class suburb south of Salt Lake City.
Police Sergeant Dean Carriger said the intruder went to the basement and went rummaging through the family’s belongings when he came upon the little girl sleeping in her bedroom and snatched her from her bed.
The suspect, who police identified as Troy Morley of Roy, Utah, carried the girl upstairs making noises in the process.
The father told the police investigator that he awoke to the sound of creaking stairs and their front door being unlocked and opened. He said he ran to the opened door to investigate and saw Morley carrying his daughter across the front yard.
The father ran outside and confronted Morley who is 5-foot-11 and weighs 250 lbs., asking him what he was doing and demanded that he give back his daughter.
Carriger said the father shouted words to the effect, “”What are you doing, that’s my daughter, you’re not taking her!”
Morley handed back the little girl to his father without a fight and then he fled. The father immediately called 911.
Morley was eventually caught about an hour later at a house two blocks away from the girl’s home.
A woman inside the second house was awakened by her dog barking in her basement. When she saw Morley, she yelled at the police officers who were already in the area looking for the suspect.
“He’s in my house,” yelled the woman.
Morley ran to evade capture, but he was encountered by the police who told him to surrender. When he refused, the police officers released police dogs that bit Morley in his shoulder and upper right arm.
Morley was arrested and was booked on charges of kidnapping, burglary, trespassing and resisting arrest.