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Alleged prowler could face life sentence

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

An alleged prowler busted Monday in Pinebrook could spend the rest of his life in prison after appearing Thursday in Third District Court in the Snyderville Basin.

Timothy Charles Vigil, 45, was arrested Jan. 22 after he broke into a home at 3357 Buckboard Drive, authorities say.

A woman who returned to the house around 8:45 a.m. found Vigil inside the home carrying a duffle bag in which deputies found nearly $3,000 worth of stolen items, according to court papers.

After he arrived on scene and requested assistance from other officers, Justin Hemingway, a Sheriff’s Office deputy, confronted Vigil who was attempting to leave the residence, prosecutors claim.

"Prior to the officers arriving, the suspect left the residence by way of the driveway," court papers state. "Deputy Hemingway withdrew his service weapon and advised the suspect to stop."

Vigil dropped the duffle bag and ran toward Buckboard Drive before Hemingway tackled him after a short chase, according to Summit County Attorney David Brickey.

In Vigil’s pockets investigators found a 10-inch pry bar matching marks found inside the alleged victim’s home and a folding knife, and methamphetamine was found in the man’s wallet when it was searched at the Summit County Jail, according to court documents.

Because Vigil was on parole at the time of the crime, his status as a habitual violent offender means he is facing a first-degree felony for aggravated burglary, Brickey said.

Other felony charges filed this week against Vigil, who remains incarcerated in Summit County after he was refused bail, include theft, possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person and possession of a controlled substance.

Misdemeanors Vigil is facing include failure to respond to an officer’s signal to stop and manufacture or possession of instrument for burglary or theft.

"It was a good pinch," said Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds praising Hemingway. "Vigil was on parole for residential burglary and other things. He’s got a rap sheet a mile long."


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