Henefer standoff suspect appears in court
An armed man accused of threatening two Summit County Sheriff’s deputies during a foot pursuit in Henefer made an initial appearance in court last week.
Jarred Keith York, 27, of Rock Springs, Wyoming, appeared in Summit County’s Third District Court on Thursday and was formally charged with two felony counts of assaulting a peace officer, violating a protective order, and failing to stop at the command of a law enforcement officer, according to Summit County Prosecutor Ryan Stack.
Assaulting a peace officer is a second-degree felony, while violating a protective order and failing to stop at the command of a law enforcement officer are both class A misdemeanors. Assaulting a police officer, which is the most serious charge, is punishable by a prison sentence of between one and 15 years and a $10,000 fine upon conviction.
York was appointed public defender John Johnson. He is currently being held on $250,000 bond in the Summit County Jail.
York is scheduled to appear again in Third District Court on Feb. 23, at 9 a.m.
York’s passenger, Sheyanne Amanda Schmaltz, 20, of Bennett, Colorado, was also charged with obstructing justice, a class A misdemeanor. Schmaltz is scheduled to make her first appearance on March 23, at 8:30 a.m. A class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine upon conviction.
York was arrested on Friday, Feb. 6 after a standoff with Summit County Sheriff’s deputies in Henefer near the Weber River.
Morgan County deputies stopped York on Interstate 84 at approximately 2:08 p.m. after determining the white Subaru Legacy he was driving was uninsured, according to court documents.
Deputies discovered York had an active West Jordan warrant on charges of assault with serious bodily injury. He also had an active protective order barring him from contact with Shayenne Schmaltz, who deputies discovered in the passenger seat.
York and Schmaltz fled during the traffic stop and led Morgan County deputies on a vehicle chase near the Summit County line, before Morgan County deputies abandoned the pursuit.
According to court documents, Summit County deputies found the suspect’s abandoned vehicle at 110 South 300 West in Henefer. Deputies found Schmaltz inside a nearby store on Main Street.
When York was located near the Weber River by deputies, he pulled a pellet gun from his jacket and pointed it at two deputies to "appear dangerous," according to court documents. Each of the deputies fired one shot at York. Neither hit him.
After York was confronted by multiple deputies and Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez, the suspect dropped to his knees and performed the sign of the cross before pointing the gun at himself and threatening suicide.
York eventually responded to negotiations after more than 10 minutes. He surrendered at 4:12 p.m.
"I think our law enforcement officers are to be commended for how they handled the case and were able to bring him safely into custody," Stack said. "I’m very grateful that we had a peaceful end to this and really, it was Sheriff Martinez who stepped in and encouraged Mr. York to drop the gun and submit to officers and not get hurt."
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