A suspected drunk home invader was behind bars Tuesday after he allegedly broke into an east-central Salt Lake City home, fighting first with residents and then police officers.
Salt Lake police Detective Greg Wilking said the incident was reported at 9:31 p.m. Monday. A 911 caller said the combative 19-year-old male suspect, a stranger to the elderly woman who lived there, had entered the home uninvited near 1100 E. Sherman Ave. (1350 South) and would not leave.
Once inside, the man allegedly argued with the woman, and when a landscaper heard the commotion and came inside to confront the intruder, the suspect punched him in the face as the two reeled outside.
When police arrived, the man also fought them. All three officers involved sustained minor bruises and scrapes in the fracas before the flailing, kicking suspect was subdued and handcuffed and hobbled.
The man was booked into the Salt Lake County jail, where he remained Tuesday in lieu of nearly $9,900 bail on suspicion of third-degree felony burglary and misdemeanor counts of assaulting a police officer, criminal trespass and public intoxication.