Home invasion suspect is in custody in Idaho
August 31, 2010
A judge has signed an arrest warrant for an Idaho man accused of robbing a couple at gunpoint inside their Jeremy Ranch area home on July 15.
"This was a heinous crime," Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said in a telephone interview. "They were rousted out of their beds in their home by a shotgun-wielding maniac."
Detectives secured a warrant for 21-year-old Nicholas L. Peterson. He is facing two first-degree felony counts of aggravated kidnapping, one first-degree felony count of aggravated burglary and one count of possession of a firearm by restricted person, which is a second-degree felony. Peterson could also be charged with one count of felony theft.
The suspect is currently in police custody in Idaho for an unrelated charge, Edmunds said. Peterson lived in the Snyderville Basin for several years before moving to southern Idaho.
"This is one of the finest examples of detective work that I have ever been associated with," Edmunds said. "We had very little to go on. They started with nothing and now we’ve got a $1 million warrant that is going to put this person in prison for an extended length of time."
During the brazen home invasion in Moose Hollow, Edmunds said the suspects entered the home through a second-story window. The victims were forced from their bed at about 1 a.m. The suspects bound the couple with tape and fled the scene with a bank deposit bag filled with "tens of thousands of dollars," according to Edmunds.
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A juvenile is also in police custody, the sheriff said.
"There will be additional juveniles in custody before it’s done," Edmunds added.
Detectives served search warrants in Utah and Idaho.
"We were able to seize the shotgun that was used in the robbery," Edmunds said. "We were also able to seize a pair of shoes."
The shoes belong to Peterson and investigators linked the footwear to other burglaries in Summit County, he said.
"There is a tremendous amount of forensic evidence that has been collected from a plethora of crime scenes," Edmunds said. "We did an excellent job of collecting and preserving the forensic evidence."
Meanwhile, the same Moose Hollow home was burglarized about 18 months ago.
Edmunds said Peterson was also the "mastermind" in that crime.
"The clearing of this case will probably clear upwards of 20 burglaries that we have been investigating for as many as three years," Edmunds said.
Peterson is also a suspect in burglaries that occurred about two years ago at an ATM and gas station in Oakley.
"We believe this particular suspect was engaged in a significant number of burglaries. And this man’s violence is escalating," Edmunds said. "This guy is on a collision course to becoming a killer. This was an extremely violent act that was perpetrated by people who clearly have the ability of graduating to homicide."