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Centerville Police Department

Mission Statement

The mission of the Centerville Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in our community through preventing, detecting, and controlling crime, preserving the peace, and securing a safe environment to all residents, businesses, and guests of Centerville. We recognize the necessity to treat all persons with dignity and respect and pledge ourselves to integrity, professionalism, and the non-prejudicial delivery of police services throughout the community.

The Centerville Police Department is proud of its heritage and recognizes that its reputation as an outstanding law enforcement agency has been accomplished through the hard work and dedication of its members.

Press Releases

May 16, 2016
Kidnapping and Aggravated Assault Update

Centerville Police Dept

Press Release

Press Release - Kidnapping and Aggravated Assault Update

PIO: Lt. Von Steenblik

 

On May 14, 2016, after Flint Harrison turned himself in, Sublette County Sheriff's Office became a huge partner in our manhunt for the second Aggravated Assault and Kidnapping Suspect, Dereck "DJ" Harrison. We sent two officers to Sublette County to work with the Sheriff’s Office there while detectives continued to work on this case here in Centerville.

Sublette dedicated a lot of time and resources to help us. In the end with their help, DJ was located and taken into custody with no one hurt. A campsite believed to have been used by DJ and Flint was located in the woods.  Officers surrounded the area and caught DJ as he tried to escape the wooded area.

We want to thank the US Marshalls, Sublette County Sheriff's Office, Bountiful Police, and everyone else who helped us find and capture the suspects in this violent case.

There have been reports today that a missing UTA maintenance worker, Kay Porter Ricks, or his vehicle may be connected in some way to our Kidnapping and Aggravated Assault case and the suspects, Dereck "DJ" Harrison and Flint Harrison. As of now, we have no information or evidence that would link Mr. Ricks or his truck to our case. We are aware of no connection between the two cases at this point.

UTA detectives contacted us during their investigation of the missing person to see if we were aware of any connection to our case.  We informed them that we were not aware of any connection.  We forwarded the attempt to locate information from UTA up to Sublette County Sheriff's Office for their information so that they would be aware of the UTA missing person case if the truck was found in Wyoming.  We believe that between all the parties involved who were communicating about this case, a misperception developed that there was a connection between the two cases.

Dereck and Flint Harrison had a court hearing today on extradition back to Utah. They chose not to waive extradition at this time. They asked for an attorney and will be appointed one before extradition proceedings begin. Their bail was set at $750,000 cash only. They will remain in the Sublette County Jail in Wyoming for now.

We will continue to release updates as this case progresses.

May 14, 2016
Kidnapping and Aggravated Assault Update

Centerville Police Dept

Press Release

Press Release - Kidnapping and Aggravated Assault Update

PIO: Lt. Von Steenblik

 

Flint Wayne Harrison turned himself into authorities in Sublette County Wyoming early Saturday morning, May 14, 2016, at 1:45 am. Dereck James (DJ) Harrison is still at large and believed to be in the Half Moon Lake area of Sublette County, Wyoming.

Sublette County Sheriff’s Office has a press release on their Facebook page, and their phone number is (307) 276-5448.

May 11, 2016
Kidnapping and Aggravated Assault
Updated information**

Centerville Police Dept

Press Release - Kidnapping and Aggravated Assault

PIO: Lt. Von Steenblik

 

*****Update 5-11-16 5:53pm

We have developed information the two suspects, Flint Harrison and Dereck Harrison, were picked up after abandoning their vehicle on the Firebreak Road above Farmington and driven to Salt Lake City last night, May 10, 2016, we continue to work on locating them and taking them into custody. We have had many citizens of Centerville and Farmington concerned for their families safety and want them to be aware of this new information.

We have set up a Tip Line for this incident: 801-335-8844

 

On May 10, 2016, at 6:03 pm, Centerville Police Department received a 911 call for help at 190 N 700 E in Centerville. A mother and her four daughters ranging in ages from 13 to 18 had been lured to the home by two individuals the mother knew for a BBQ.  Once the girls were at the house the two suspects brought them inside to a basement room where they had wire ties and duct tape prepared and ready to use and began tying them up. The suspects were armed with a shotgun and a baseball bat. The mother was tied up and the suspects began assaulting her with the baseball bat. The girls were able to break loose from their restraints and started running out of the house screaming for help. One girl was able to call 911 on her cell phone during the commotion. The mother was also able to break free and all of them fled outside seeking help from neighbors. During the commotion of breaking free several of the girls were hit with the baseball bat.

The mother and one daughter were transported to the hospital for treatment.

The suspects fled the scene in a 2011 Silver Chevrolet Suburban with Wyoming plate AR83G. They have been identified as Flint Wayne Harrison (51) last known address in Salt lake and his son Dereck James (DJ) Harrison (22) of Centerville. They are still outstanding and not in custody. They have some work and family ties in Wyoming in the Pinedale area.

The motive appears to be retaliation on the mother. The exact reason is still under investigation.

A press conference will be held at the Centerville Police Dept on May 11, 2016, at 3:00 pm.

March 29, 2016
Felony Child Abandonment

Subject: Felony Abandonment

Date: March 29, 2016

Contact: Lieutenant Von Steenblik, PIO, 801-292-8441

 

On December 28, 2015, at 7:30 pm, a Utah Highway Patrol Trooper was dispatched to the I-15 NB on ramp at Parrish Lane in Centerville on a call of a pedestrian on the freeway. Upon UHP’s arrival the trooper located a 13 year old male visibly upset and crying trying to find his way to his mother’s house in Woods Cross. The trooper learned that he had been left at 7-Eleven in Centerville by his mother and her boyfriend after an argument between the three of them. The trooper was concerned for the boy’s safety as it was 18 degree weather and he was only wearing a hoodie sweatshirt and sweat pants. The trooper contacted a Centerville officer to investigate further.

Centerville Police and Utah State Division of Child and Family Services investigated. They found that the 13 year old boy was asked by the boyfriend if he knew where his mom’s house was and then told to get out of the car at the 7-Eleven. The mother didn’t say or do anything about this action. The boy was visiting his mother for the Christmas holiday from out of state and was not familiar with the area. The mother and boyfriend then went to a Centerville restaurant to eat. They were called by the UHP trooper and asked to respond to the mother’s house in Woods Cross where the trooper had transported the boy.

This case was screened by the Davis County Attorney’s Office and charges of Felony Abandonment, a 3rd degree felony were approved on March 28, 2016, against the mother Jyna Christine Patrick, 34, of Woods Cross, and the boyfriend Aaron Brent Petersen, 37, of Salt Lake. They have not made a court appearance.

February 5, 2016
Aggravated Robbery / Murder

February 5, 2016

Press Release

Contact:               Chief Paul Child Centerville Police / Chief Sol Oberg Kaysville Police

Date:                     February 5, 2016

Aggravated Robbery / Murder

On Monday February 1, 2016, at about 4:30 pm, a series of criminal events began in Kaysville, Utah, with an aggravated assault and theft of a vehicle. The combination of these two charges equates to Aggravated Robbery.  This incident involved two people who have been identified as 28 year old Anthony Santos Cruz from Bountiful, Utah, and 22 year old Michelle Jenny Vigil of Layton, Utah. In addition to the aggravated robbery of a car in Kaysville there were at least two additional aggravated robberies, one of which resulted in Anthony Cruz obtaining control of a 2011 Black Volkswagen.  Several citizens and a Unified Police Officer made attempts to stop Mr. Cruz, but these attempts were not successful. Anthony Cruz took the exit from the freeway onto Parrish Lane in Centerville where the vehicle he was driving struck a Silver Infiniti at high speed which resulted in the death of 21 year old Jazmyn Jeppson of Farmington.  Anthony Cruz suffered serious but non-life threatening injures and was taken to the Intermountain Health Care Hospital in Murray for medical care.

Since this event occurred, an intensive and thorough investigation has been conducted using detectives from Kaysville, Centerville, and Syracuse Police Departments, the State Bureau of Investigations, and Davis County Attorney’s Office. A total of 18 detectives from those listed agencies have been conducting numerous interviews, seeking and serving warrants and doing other types of investigative work.   Additionally, an accident reconstruction team of troopers from the Utah Highway Patrol have been working on the reconstruction of the crash and Layton Police CSI processed the crime scene of the car.

Anthony Cruz was released from the hospital earlier today and was immediately taken into custody by detectives from both Centerville and Kaysville Police Departments. Anthony was booked into the Davis County Jail this afternoon and the County Attorney has approved the following charges:

  • Three counts of 1st Degree Felony Aggravated Robbery
  • One count of 1st Degree Felony Murder

Michelle Jenny Vigil was arrested on I-15 near Lund Lane in Centerville at the time of the incident. She is being charged with one count of 1st Degree Felony Aggravated Robbery

The investigation into this matter is ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact either Centerville or Kaysville Police.

We wish to express our sincere condolences to the family of Jazmyn Jeppson. Aggravated Robbery / Murder

February 2, 2016
Carjacking

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January 13, 2016

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