LOGAN, Utah — A high school in northern Utah endured a short lockdown on Monday after police say a man held two teenage females at gunpoint over a bicycle he believed had been stolen.
According to a statement from the Logan City Police Department, officers responded to Logan High School around 11 a.m. to a report of a man with a gun in front of the school. While en route, police wrote, a resource officer made contact with a suspect — later identified as Kristopher Egbert, 36, of Logan — at the front door of the school and determined the man did not have a firearm in his possession at that time. Egbert later told police that he had pointed a gun at the girls but had left the firearm in his truck, according to the LCPD statement.
“Logan High School was placed in lock down for approximately 10 minutes while officers ensured they had the situation secured and the school was safe,” police wrote.
According to the statement, Egbert confronted the two girls about riding a bicycle stolen from his property.
“The male stopped and left the truck he was driving and confronted the females,” police wrote. “It was reported he confronted these two with a handgun, which pointed at them, commanding them to get off the bicycles and get on the ground.”
According to the statement, the girls complied, then ran away from Egbert as he placed the bike in his pickup. Egbert then took a backpack one of the females had left and started to walk toward the school.
A person who witnessed the confrontation told Egbert he couldn’t enter the school with a gun, police wrote. According to the statement, Egbert didn’t have a gun at that time and said he only had a cellphone in his possession.
Police wrote Egbert was cooperative with police and admitted to pointing a 9mm handgun at the girls, but he left the gun in his truck when attempting to enter the school.
“It was determined the bicycle one female was riding was stolen from Egbert’s residence,” police wrote. “The theft of the bicycle is being investigated as well.”
Capt. Curtis Hooley told The Herald Journal there were two witnesses in a nearby parking lot that were third parties to the incident — one of whom was sitting in their vehicle when the confrontation occurred right in front of them.
For Hooley, this incident is “so much bigger” than Egbert and the two girls.
“The bad part about this is now we have a whole school of kids that know that a gun was used out in the parking lot and they’re concerned, the administration is concerned and all their parents are concerned,” Hooley said. “This involves a whole community at Logan High School.”
Hooley said Egbert’s reaction is “troubling,” all things considered. Hooley estimated the value of the stolen children’s bicycle at around $100 or $200 and said there may be home security footage of the bike theft. Egbert wasn’t threatened by the girls, Hooley said, and could have simply called law enforcement to handle the matter.
“Certainly a person has the right to confront people that stole their property, there’s no doubt there,” Hooley said. “I just have a hard time using something like a gun to stop two girls … for a theft of a bike that’s probably worth $100 or $200.”
Egbert was booked into the Cache County Jail on suspicion of third-degree aggravated assault and class-C disorderly conduct.
“I hope that people will see this as a lesson,” Hooley said. “We had officers within a couple blocks of there.”
Had Egbert called police, reported the theft and the location of the girls, Hooley said, officers could have the ones to make initial contact.
“And he could have gotten the bike back for his boy instead of going to jail,” Hooley said. “Taking the law into your own hands, especially if you’re intending to use a firearm, is really risky business, honestly. So many things can go wrong there.”
Court records indicated Egbert does not have a criminal history. Formal charges have yet to be filed.