As alarmed residents looked on, armed FBI agents searched their East Central City neighborhood Monday for a man considered armed and dangerous.
A bureau spokesman had declined Monday to identify the man or describe why he is wanted. He had no comment about the pursuit that led to the search and the man's disappearance. On Tuesday, Deseret News calls to the FBI had not been returned by press time.The agents and Salt Lake police sealed off an area between 300 and 400 South and 1000 and 1100 East for more than two hours Monday afternoon and, with weapons drawn, agents scoured back yards and the vacant hillside.
Although the man is considered dangerous, neighborhood children continued to play in the area during the search, and many residents unaware of the situation came and went several times from their homes.
Described as wearing brown or khaki shorts, a white T-shirt and black dreadlocks, the wanted man apparently ran from a house near 350 South and 1000 East following a car chase. Neighbors said he and a woman sped northbound on 1000 East in an older, green Ford truck with police in pursuit. Minutes later they reappeared on the same street and pulled into the driveway of a white stucco house.
"At that time we all jumped in the house and locked the door," said one neighbor.
The man ran and agents took the woman into custody. She sat handcuffed under a tree in the front yard of the house for more than an hour. It did not appear that the man was carrying a weapon, one agent told residents.
"I was waiting for them to bring him out of the house," said Dax Michelson, 21, who lives across the street. "I'm from a little hick town. Things like this never happen. This is pretty interesting."
Neighbors said a woman, her daughter and four grandchildren live at the house, and the handcuffed woman has visited there often. One neighbor recalled seeing a man of a similar description as the fugitive staying at the home at least once in recent weeks.
Others who live along the street say the police have previously responded to the address more than once and the home has excessive nighttime traffic.