BOUNTIFUL -- Three men were taken into custody Thursday afternoon after they allegedly used a handgun to try and collect a debt from a Bountiful man.
Two of the three were taken down in front of Bountiful High School just as school was getting out. The third was arrested just blocks away.
Carlos Ivan Reyes, 21, and Anthony Douglas Kinyon, 32, were booked on suspicion of aggravated robbery. Tony Alan Butler, 42, was booked on aggravated robbery and possession of firearm by a restricted person.
Police dispatchers received a 911 call at 3:06 p.m. from a woman who said three men were at her house on Mill Street and would not leave, according to Bountiful Police Sgt. Andrew Bryson.
She told dispatchers her husband had answered the door and went outside to speak with them. He came back in and got a kitchen knife and told her to call police.
She said her husband had told the men to leave. Reyes and Kinyon were allegedly starting to leave, when Reyes stopped and asked the woman not to call police. Bryson said Butler continued to argue with the husband, then allegedly pulled out a .40 caliber handgun and pointed it at the him, Bryson said.
At that point the husband slashed the tires of the car the three suspects had arrived in.
"We asked him why he took the risk and he said he knew his wife was on the phone with us and he could hear the sirens," Bryson said.
The suspects ran from the home. Reyes and Kinyon were stopped outside the school, but Butler initially got away. He was captured a short time later in the area of 100 East and 500 South, after a resident called police to report they had seen him jump a fence.
Police recovered the handgun that had allegedly been dropped as Butler ran.
The three told police they were trying to collect a debt from the male victim, Bryson said. However, the couple said they had never seen the men before, nor did they know anything about a debt.
The couple, who have two small children, were shook up, but are OK, Bryson said.
As to the arrest in front of the high school, "We had quite an audience while we were taking them down," Bryson said.