Shane McGarvey had a memorable 18th birthday Tuesday he'd likely rather forget.

The Cyprus High School senior kept police at bay outside his home for almost five hours before surrendering. There were no injuries in the standoff.Salt Lake County deputy sheriffs stopped by the house at 3610 S. 6545 West about 10 a.m. to serve an arrest warrant for investigation of kidnapping and attempted rape.

On Monday, a young man walked up to a fellow Cyprus High student and ordered her at gun-point to come with him, according to a 3rd Circuit Court document. He then reportedly drove the 17-year-old girl to his home and tied her to a bed.

The man later told the girl "I can't do this" after she begged him not to rape her, the court document said. He untied her and dropped her off at their school.

The girl, who told officers that she didn't know McGarvey, identified her alleged abductor after perusing a Cyprus High yearbook.

Tuesday's standoff began after McGarvey refused to come out and barricaded himself inside the house, where he lives with an older sister.

"He was really despondent about what he had allegedly done," said sheriff's spokesman Rod Norton. "We knew that there were weapons in the home so we decided to wait things out."

A SWAT team was called in, and negotiators enlisted a neighbor, Stephen Flandro, to help persuade McGarvey to give himself up.

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"I wished Shane a happy birthday and said, `Let's have some more.' He answered, `Yeah, some birthday,' " said Flandro.

McGarvey finally walked through the front door about 3:20 p.m. and was arrested in the driveway without incident. He was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail against $25,000 bail on aggravated kidnapping and attempted rape charges - first- and second-degree felonies, respectively.

Officers later found three weapons inside the home, Norton said.

Tuesday's incident shocked friends, who recalled McGarvey as a skilled baseball player and leader. "He's had no prior record, he's a good kid," said Flandro.

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