Clinton police standoff ends with arrests

May 7 2014 - 9:28pm

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Police have five people in custody after a stand-off that lasted more than three hours in Clinton.Two men are wanted for an aggravated assault that happened in Roy two days ago, said Clinton Police Chief Bill Chilson. (LORETTA PARK/Standard-Examiner)
Police have five people in custody after a stand-off that lasted more than three hours in Clinton.Two men are wanted for an aggravated assault that happened in Roy two days ago, said Clinton Police Chief Bill Chilson. (LORETTA PARK/Standard-Examiner)
Police have five people in custody after a stand-off that lasted more than three hours in Clinton.Two men are wanted for an aggravated assault that happened in Roy two days ago, said Clinton Police Chief Bill Chilson. (LORETTA PARK/Standard-Examiner)
Police have five people in custody after a stand-off that lasted more than three hours in Clinton.Two men are wanted for an aggravated assault that happened in Roy two days ago, said Clinton Police Chief Bill Chilson. (LORETTA PARK/Standard-Examiner)
Michael Bowens
Russel Smith
Police have five people in custody after a stand-off that lasted more than three hours in Clinton.Two men are wanted for an aggravated assault that happened in Roy two days ago, said Clinton Police Chief Bill Chilson. (LORETTA PARK/Standard-Examiner)
Police have five people in custody after a stand-off that lasted more than three hours in Clinton.Two men are wanted for an aggravated assault that happened in Roy two days ago, said Clinton Police Chief Bill Chilson. (LORETTA PARK/Standard-Examiner)
Police have five people in custody after a stand-off that lasted more than three hours in Clinton.Two men are wanted for an aggravated assault that happened in Roy two days ago, said Clinton Police Chief Bill Chilson. (LORETTA PARK/Standard-Examiner)
Police have five people in custody after a stand-off that lasted more than three hours in Clinton.Two men are wanted for an aggravated assault that happened in Roy two days ago, said Clinton Police Chief Bill Chilson. (LORETTA PARK/Standard-Examiner)
Michael Bowens
Russel Smith

CLINTON -- Police have five people in custody after a standoff that lasted more than three hours Wednesday morning in Clinton.

Two men are wanted for an aggravated assault that happened in Roy two days ago, said Clinton Police Chief Bill Chilson.

All five people were at the police station later Wednesday, waiting to be interviewed by police. Chilson said, depending on what police learn, at least two, if not all five, could be booked in the Davis County Jail.

A Clinton police officer was just starting to go off shift at 6 a.m. Wednesday when he saw a red Monte Carlo with Idaho plates parked on the street in front of a house at 1708 N. 1500 West, Chilson said.

Police had been looking for a car matching that description since the assault happened, Chilson said. When police ran the license plate of the car, it turned up as stolen out of Blackfoot, Idaho.

Officers from several agencies arrived at the home. One officer saw a man who matched the description of one of the two wanted men looking out of the window and made a positive identification.

Chilson said there was concern about two of the men who were wanted, identified as "Jersey Mike," or Michael Bowens, 49, and Russell Smith, 49. The two were involved in an aggravated assault on April 29, when they went into the home of a Roy woman and threatened her and her children. They assaulted the woman's father who arrived while they were in the home. The man said that Bowens and Smith were armed at the time of the assault.

"We believed there may have been guns and possibly knives in the home, so we set up a perimeter," Chilson said.

Most of the residents near the home had already left for work, and those who were home were asked to leave or stay inside their homes.

Chilson said "numerous attempts were made by using a blow horn, screaming, yelling, to get those guys out," but they refused.

The North Davis SWAT team was called to the scene, and Chilson said the SWAT team used the battering ram on the BearCat vehicle to knock down the door. Three men and two women were taken into custody about 10 a.m.

"No shots were fired. No one was hurt, and officers get to go home tonight," Chilson said.

Chilson said, as far as he knew, no threats were made to officers from the people in the home.

Chilson said he often is asked if it is necessary to use "that many officers" in a standoff.

"If I had my way, we'd use double, triple that amount. Law enforcement has changed," Chilson said

A search warrant served on the home produced various narcotics and firearms, according to Roy Police.

Investigators do not believe the home was randomly invaded and that resident was intentionally targeted by the duo.

The other parties involved in the standoff have not yet been identified.

Children in the area who were walking to school were escorted through the area by officers, Chilson said.

Christopher Williams, spokesman with the Davis School District, said Clinton Elementary was put in lockout during the incident.

Voyager Academy, a charter school, was also in lockout.

Contact reporter Loretta Park at 801-625-4252 or lpark@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LorettaParkSE. Like her on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/SELorettaPark.

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