SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – Dereck Harrison showed signs of fear and anger after he was jailed in Wyoming.
That’s according to his grandmother, Marlene Brown who paid him a visit at the Sublette County jail in Pinedale Wyoming.
“I talked to DJ (Dereck) on the phone and he’s very scared and upset,” said Brown.
Police know him as Dereck Harrison. he was arrested Saturday night for aggravated kidnapping.
His father, Flint who is facing the same charges, turned himself in early Saturday morning.
Marlene Brown is Flint’s mother.
“As long as he’s in jail, he’s safe,” she said. “We know where he’s at and we’ll just go from there. It’s a day to day thing.”
Both Harrisons are accused of kidnapping and beating a mother and her four daughters at a Centerville home last week.
Tuesday, Flint and Dereck both waived extradition and will soon return to Utah to face charges. Over the week-end Dereck met with his grandmother at the jail.
“He’s only 22,” she said. “He made a very bad mistake. Twenty-minutes of your life can screw you up forever and he was very, very scared.”
Brown said DJ wouldn’t say how they ended up in Wyoming.
“Nor would I ask,” she said.
Police are now searching for evidence to see if the Harrisons are involved with Kay Porter Ricks, the UTA employee who vanished last week.
“Oh I saw that,” said Brown. “No, they didn’t have anything to do with that. Because they weren’t even down here. As far as I know. And I don’t know how in the heck they ever got to Wyoming.”
She’s more concerned about her family. Brown claimed it was her fault Maryann Harrison, Dereck’s mother, was jailed for violating her parole. She said she insisted on Maryanne going with her to Wyoming.
Now, she has three family members in jail.
“All we can do is tell him that we love him (sobs) and we’re standing beside him,” she said.
Centerville Police plan to transport the Harrisons back to the Davis County jail by the end of the week. Meanwhile, MaryAnne Harrison also waived extradition Monday and officials with the Department of Corrections have 10-days to transport her back to Utah.
As for the search related to the UTA missing employee, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office in Wyoming said they’ve scaled down their ground search efforts. But they will resume their search on a nearby lake Wednesday.