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Midvale father nabs intruder

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Kendal J. Davis

Kendal J. Davis

A 14-year-old Midvale girl awoke early Monday to find a stranger sitting on her bed telling her not to scream because he had tied up her family.

The girl ignored the man and screamed anyway. Police are now calling the girl and her father heroes.

About 3 a.m. Monday a man entered the home near State Street and 7900 South through an unlocked side door, said Midvale Police Chief Gerald Maughan.

After the girl screamed, the man ran out of the bedroom and was apprehended by the girl's father who put him in a headlock until police arrived, Maughan said.

Family members said the home's door was unlocked in anticipation of late-arriving guests, Maughan said. The man walked in and apparently wasn't in any hurry. He took off his coat and hat, placed them on a chair and wandered through the house while smoking a cigarette, Maughan said. During that time, the man took out the batteries of the family's cordless phone. Police later found a knife inside the discarded coat.

While the father held the man, another family member used a cell phone to call police. Officers arrived at the house less than a minute later.

Kendal J. Davis, 33, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of aggravated burglary, attempted forcible sexual abuse and disrupting an emergency communication device.

Maughan however, said investigators weren't totally sure of Davis' intentions. He has refused to cooperate with detectives since being arrested. Maughan said investigators could not find any connection between Davis and the victim or her family.

"They don't know him," he said.

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