LAYTON — The Layton homeowner who allegedly fired a handgun while trying to stop would-be burglars has been charged with one count of reckless endangerment.
An arraignment hearing on the class A misdemeanor charge has been scheduled for Clare Niederhauser, 64, on March 19 in the 2nd District Court office in Layton.
Neiderhauser was booked on two counts of reckless endangerment on Jan. 31, after he allegedly got a gun from his car and confronted Roberto Santos Cruz, a burglary suspect who was allegedly holding a crowbar. Niederhauser ordered Cruz to drop the crowbar. He did, according to police.
Meanwhile, a vehicle, with two additional burglary suspects backed out of Niederhauser's driveway, police said, and Neidehauser fired a shot at it.
Neiderhauser then called 911. When police arrived, Cruz ran to the backyard and then Neiderhauser chased him and fired a shot into a field, officers said.
Both Cruz and Neiderhauser were arrested and booked into jail.
The homeowner remains free on bail pending the hearing.
Layton police are asking anyone with information on the two suspects who got away to call them at 801-497-8300. One suspect is described as a 60- to 70-year-old male. The other is a 20- to 30-year old woman. They were driving a gray four-door sedan.