MOAB, Utah (News4Utah) – Two suspects wanted for their alleged role in a home invasion and aggravated car theft in Colorado were arrested in Moab on Friday.
Friday afternoon, the Moab City Police Department was called by a detective with Colorado’s Greeley Police Department and informed that two subjects wanted for an armed home invasion and aggravated motor vehicle theft were thought to be at the Days Inn at 426 N. Main St. in downtown Moab.
Officers were able to verify with hotel staff that both subjects, Michael A. Vieyra, 25, and Katherine Cathey, 35, were inside the hotel. Vieya and Cathey drove to the area in a stolen white GMC pickup The truck had been stolen out of Montrose, CO the day before.
Moab officers used surveillance throughout the night and at approximately 9 a.m, officers evacuated hotel guests and staff in an effort to ensure their safety as law enforcement planned for contact with the two suspects.
Shortly after the evacuation was completed Vieyra came out of the hotel room where he was immediately confronted by officers. Vieyra went back into the room and attempted to barricade the door.
Officers broke through the door and chased the suspect as he jumped through the hotel window.
Cathey was inside the room and was detained without incident.
Vieyra ran through the parking lot, jumped a fence and attempted to enter a parked vehicle in an neighboring lot. He then entered a second parked vehicle and hid until a citizen directed officers to him.
Officers were able to approached the vehicle where they took Vieyra into custody.
Both Vieyra and Cathey were booked into the Grand County Jail.
This incident was managed by the Moab City Police Department with significant assistance from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, Grand County Sheriff’s Office and Utah Highway Patrol.