UINTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Three men have been arrested after a dispute over a bandana lead to an alleged kidnapping in Vernal.
Police said on Saturday just before midnight, they were dispatched to a report of a man who stated he was being held hostage at 99 East 300 North.
Dispatch said the victim had contacted another individual via Facebook Messenger and said there was a large man with glasses and a gun holding him hostage. The victim asked for the individual to contact the police and to hurry because he was “tripping out.”
When police arrived at the home, the victim answered the door and stepped outside to talk to them.
The victim said one of the suspects, Cody Alvarez, 25, had come over and had pulled out a black pistol with a tactical light out of his backpack but then put it away.
Alvarez later became upset because his bandana had gone missing, so he grabbed the gun from his bag and went outside. When he returned, he had two of his friends, later identified as Kevin Walker, 24, and Dylon Smuin, 19, with him.
Alvarez pulled the gun out again and said nobody was leaving until he got his bandana back.
Officers entered the residence with their guns drawn and cleared the home of several people who were inside.
One of the officers located Alverez hiding behind a shed, along with a backpack. Alvarez told the officer the backpack he had with him was not his.
In a search of the backpack, they found two loaded black pistols, with the serial numbers filed off and ammunition.
During a search of the home, officers found a magazine for a .22 pistol inside a jacket pocket and a loaded 9mm pistol under a hatchet. The gun had been reported stolen out of West Valley.
All three were arrested and booked into the Uintah County Jail on six counts of first-degree felony aggravated kidnapping. Alvarez and Walker were also arrested for altering the guns and Alvarez was additionally charged with drug-related offenses.