A man accused of holding a woman and her four teen daughters captive in a Utah basement during a meth bender surrendered and helped authorities track down his accomplice son.
Police arrested Dereck Harrison in a rural corner of Wyoming four days after the 22-year-old and his father, Flint Harrison, 51, fled a home in a Salt Lake City suburb where the duo held the woman and her children against their will, authorities said.
It’s unclear how long the unidentified women were held. They managed to escape what police described as a “frightening and difficult to understand crime” on Tuesday.
The women claimed they were bound with zip ties as the men battered the mother with a baseball bat as apparent retaliation between the victim and the younger suspect. The captors put a bag over the woman’s head and duct taped her mouth shut.
The teen girls, ages 13, 15, 17 and 18, tried to call police during an escape attempt, but the older suspect swiped their phones. During a second escape, one sister slapped away a shotgun aimed at her throat. Another grabbed the bat and hit the younger Harrison.
The women ran to a neighbor’s home for help as the two men fled for a Salt Lake City hotel to stay the night before departing for the Wyoming backcountry south of Yellowstone National Park.
Police found zip ties, duct tape, blood, meth and a firearm while searching the basement and on Wednesday, investigators described the abduction as a “premeditated event.”
The elder Harrison surrendered in Pinedale, Wy., while police continued to comb the area for his son, evacuating a campground during the search.
The younger suspect told police he saw a helicopter searching for him and decided to hide and take shelter from the rain under a thick set of trees, KSTU-TV reported.
He was unarmed when taken into custody at 10:30 p.m. Saturday after walking toward a manned roadblock in Sublette County.
Both men face aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault in the attack.
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