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Standoff at Payson construction site lands 3 men in jail

Feb 28, 2022, 7:24 PM | Updated: Dec 29, 2022, 11:44 am
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PAYSON, Utah — A father and his two sons were taken into custody Monday, following a standoff with police Monday at a construction site in Payson.

The Unified Police Department had received information that Aaron Alvarado, who was wanted on an outstanding felony (aggravated sexual abuse of a child) was working at a construction site in Payson.

A Major Investigations Unit was contacted and brought to the construction site with the intention of taking Alvarado into custody. As Alvarado was being taken into custody, however, a struggle began between him and the officers. 

Officers did not realize that Alvarado’s two sons – Emmanuel Velazquez and Francisco Velazquez – were also working at the same site. As officers took Alvarado into custody, one of his sons charged at the arresting officers. 

A second struggle ensued with the son who charged at officers, police say. During this struggle, the second son approached officers in a front loader.

Authorities say, officers pulled their weapons on the individual on the front loader, who retreated. He got off the front loader and climbed on top of it. At that point, there was a brief standoff to with the individual to get him to come down and into custody.

Alvarado was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on the outstanding felony.

Emmanuel Velazquez was booked into the Utah County Jail under investigation for assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and failure to comply. 

Francisco Velazquez was also booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation for assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.

There were no reports of any significant injuries to responding officers to the Payson standoff.

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