WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - The search is on for a wanted man who alluded the SWAT Team in West Jordan. Police surrounded a home to capture a man accused of sexually assaulting a child, but when the team finally moved in, the suspect was no where to be found.
Monday the SWAT Team took over a West Jordan neighborhood, and Stan Medina had a front row seat.
"You take it for what it's worth, but ya I was nervous," said Stan Medina, neighbor.
Police were looking for 38-year-old Alex Chavez, wanted for sexual abuse of a child. It just so happens Medina lives right behind him near 7400 S. And police used Medina's home to surround Chavez and keep an eye on his house. Medina watched one officer set up sniper rifle in his bedroom window.
"If this becomes a hostage situation he was going to take him out, this is going to happen right before my eyes," said Medina.
For hours, police thought was Chavez inside, they even saw him walk in.
"An officer saw a gentleman go inside the house matching the description of the gentleman we're looking for," said Sgt. Dan Roberts, West Jordan Police.
But sometime before police finally decided to invade Chavez' house Monday afternoon, he had escaped.
"Our SWAT team went into the house and wasn't able to locate anybody inside the home," said Roberts.
Police are baffled. And Medina can't believe it.
"He fled into the home, yet they go in the home and he's not there. I've been questioning it even to this minute. How did he get out?" said Medina.
Monday night Chavez is still on the loose, he described as 5'10", 230 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes. If you see him, call West Jordan police at 801-840-4000.
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