Mountain Man Update

Last modified on Oct 17, 2013

SANPETE COUNTY, Utah – A man who has allegedly broken into a number of Utah cabins and evaded law enforcement for several years has been captured.Troy James Knapp, known as the “Mountain Man” burglar, was arrested on Ferron Mountain, located on the border of Emery and Sanpete Counties.Sanpete County Sheriff Brian Nielson said the arrest comes after 72 hours of planning and coordination from multiple agencies from Emery County, Sanpete County, Beaver County, Sevier County, Iron County, Garfield County, Kane County and Utah County, as well as the Utah Dept. of Public Safety, U.S. Marshals and the Utah Dept. of Adult Probation and Parole.Nielson said officers had received reports that Knapp was in the area, including some people who came into contact with Knapp and notified law enforcement.Knapp was found in an area with 3-and-a-half or four feet of snow that is only accessible by snow machine. The operation began at around 1 a.m. Tuesday and Knapp was taken into custody at around 9 a.m., Nielsen said.Nielson said Knapp was heavily armed with at least a couple rifles and at least one handgun, but was outnumbered by the 40 officers from multiple agencies and, after trying to flee, he eventually surrendered.There were some shots fired during the standoff, mostly by Knapp. He primarily fired shots at DPS helicopters involved in the capture, but did fire some shots at officers on the ground. Officers fired one shot at Knapp, but no one was injured in the standoff.Knapp has allegedly been raiding backcountry cabins in several counties across central and southern Utah for nearly seven years. He faces formal charges in three counties and is being investigated by several other sheriff’s departments.The Sanpete County prosecutor said he isn’t sure how many charges Knapp faces across the state, but did say there are a half dozen or so incidents in Sanpete County alone. Knapp will also likely face felony charges after firing at officers during Tuesday’s standoff.Nielson said Knapp had been living in cabins across central and southern Utah for the last several years. Police officials say Knapp also had hovels constructed of branches and woodland debris spread across the state.

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