A father and son accused of kidnapping and assaulting a woman and her four daughters were arrested Saturday in Wyoming after a daylong manhunt, authorities said.
Dereck James “DJ” Harrison, 22, was arrested without incident in the Half Moon Lake area in Wyoming about 10 p.m., the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office said. His 51-year-old father, Flint Wayne Harrison, had earlier turned himself into authorities.
Their victims told police that the two men, whom the mother knew, had lured them into a home for a barbecue in Centerville, Utah on Tuesday. The mother and her daughters, aged 13 to 18, were then allegedly tied up with duct tape and wires in a basement room, police said. The mother was beaten with a baseball bat, and at least one of her daughters was also hit as they all broke free and escaped, according to officials.
“This is an incredible end to a very stressful day,” Sheriff Stephen Haskell said in a statement. “It was a very good end to something that could have gone very badly.”
It’s unclear why the two men targeted the family, but police say the motive appears to be “retaliation” on the mother.