Heber City man arrested with help of locals after search Wednesday

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At around 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, Heber City police received a call from a woman, reporting that a man was at her home in violation of a protective order. She said he was suicidal.

According to Heber City Police Information Officer Phil Kirk, 53-year-old Ralph Hamilton was in violation of a felony domestic violence protective order.

The Heber-Wasatch SWAT team responded to the house on the south end of town, but found he had left, likely on foot. They reached him by phone, but he wouldn’t cooperate.

Kirk said there were several councils from community members who recognized Hamilton. Heber City Police posted an alert on their Facebook page telling people to avoid the area between 1000 south and 1300 south out of 300 west. This stretch of road runs alongside the Valley Station shopping center with WalMart and recently opened Dutch Bros Coffee.

Kirk said advice from citizens, along with telephone follow-up, led police to Hamilton, who was hiding in a nearby car. They discovered him around 2:30 p.m. at Mountainland Auto Repair, between 1300 South and Route 189, in a car that did not belong to him and that was not locked.

Hamilton was convicted on a charge of criminal breach of a protection order. He is currently in jail and cannot post bail.

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