Farmington escapee now on Most Wanted

Jul 24 2012 - 4:22pm




FARMINGTON -- Authorities continue to search for a man who made a daring escape from Farmington police a week ago.

Utah's Joint Criminal Apprehension Team is tracking down leads to capture 40-year-old Joseph Lee Chatwin, of Salt Lake City, Farmington Police Chief Wayne D. Hansen said Monday.

The team is headed by the U.S. Marshals Service and includes officers from various law enforcement agencies throughout Utah.

Hansen said he is confident Chatwin will eventually be arrested.

Chatwin escaped custody the afternoon of July 17 when he kicked out the window of a patrol car that was parked in a fenced-in area at Farmington police headquarters, police Lt. Parish Snyder said. He then fled in a stolen Hummer that was later recovered in Salt Lake City.

Shauntae Leah Stratton, 23, of West Valley City, who is described by police as Chatwin's accomplice, also briefly escaped from a holding cell at Farmington police headquarters and was apprehended in a nearby park, Snyder said.

She is being held in Davis County Jail and has been interviewed by Farmington detectives.

Chatwin and Stratton are wanted in connection with numerous vehicle burglaries and credit card thefts throughout Northern Utah. Police are working to return the stolen items to owners, Hansen said.

Chatwin is on the Utah Department of Corrections' Most Wanted list. Anyone with information about Chatwin's whereabouts should call Farmington police at 801-451-4151.

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