The Serendipitous Case of the Captured Criminal

A couple weeks ago we encountered one very strange afternoon.

It was about 2:30 when I was up on my bed, trying to work through a couple emails. I’d gotten behind on work because I’d been camping with the girls. I was deeply engrossed in looking for something when my husband came up and asked, ‘Aren’t you going to go get Zach’s check?’

Our son was gone for two weeks for a university photo class in Capitol Reef and had asked us to deposit his paycheck. Since it was now Friday, we figured it was time to do that.

I just needed to get this one thing done first.

Feeling annoyed that my husband had interrupted my train of thought and feeling that he thought my nose was always in the computer (it may be true, but It’s called work folks…it’s what I do), I was agitated as I closed my computer, task not finished, and bustled off down the stairs, grabbing the keys on my way to the car. I felt the need to express my annoyance in my irritated voice as we both walked out to the car.

I also decided to drive and this shoulder problem I have made itself known as I backed out of the driveway, turning the wheel, and I let out a low ‘Ow.

We proceeded down State Street and arrived at Zach’s place of business, which happens to be near the Orem City Center–the location of the library, police station, ball parks and stuff like that.

With check in hand, we headed off to the bank at the north end of town.

On our way down State Street, Dan gets a call from the 911 police dispatch. Apparently he’d somehow ‘butt-dialed’ the ‘Emergency’ 911 button on his phone. He still doesn’t know how he did it because his phone was locked.

We have no idea when he’d called or how long they were listening, but they must have at least heard me using my irritated+annoyed voice. There was no yelling on either part, just typical husband and wife irritated bantering. And who knows, maybe they heard me say ow.

So if you are unaware, when you call 911 and no one responds, they call you back and make sure everything is okay. He assured them it was all good and then we arrived at the bank.

While I ran into the bank, he gets another phone call informing him that the police were on their way to make sure things were okay.


Okaaaay. They asked where he was, he replied, and we were told to wait.

We moved over under the trees and within a couple minutes we saw the police officer. As he was walking over, we saw another police officer on the side street.


Apparently they’d just had domestic abuse training and were instructed to check out all possible cases.

I think they could tell from our laughing and waving as they were walking over that we did not fit into that mold, but still, it had to be confirmed.

Each officer took us aside and we shared our stories. Dan even told his police officer ‘she could take me.’ (ha ha) He also mentioned that our old neighbor of many years was so-n-so. He is also a police officer. If there was ever any evidence of inappropriate behavior, he would have known. You can hear everything. ;)

What we didn’t know, until I was talking with my officer, is that they were watching us via the GPS on his phone the whole time. I think the most hysterically ironical part of this whole story is that we drove just shy of the police station to pick up Zach’s check, which is across the street.

I can see how that might cause some concern when you don’t know what’s really going on. Perhaps I was driving to the station because of the ‘alleged abuse.’

I mean, really. What are the odds??? I’ve never picked up Zach’s check for him.

But here’s where it takes another strange turn of events. While I was talking with my officer, he had his hand up to his chest and was talking. I asked him what he was saying and then realized he was talking to dispatch.

After Dan and I had given our names, birth dates and phone number, we all got together and began chatting. Dan’s officer said, ‘What was this about a warrant for her arrest.’


In total disbelief, and with my hand to my chest, I exclaimed, ‘For me??!!!’ I’ve never even had a speeding ticket!

Imagine my relief when I found out it was someone my officer had just seen walk into the bank.  A person that they’d been on the lookout for.

How crazy was that???

I think Dan + I were just floored at that hour of time.

Our ‘dispute’ (can’t really even call it that) had led to the capture of someone they’d been looking for.

It doesn’t get much more serendipitous than that.

I’m just happy that we could do our civic duty.



And now, because I feel naked without a photo in a post, here’s s picture from our weekend in Idaho Falls for Dan’s niece’s wedding.

This was one of the many views of the walk along the Snake River. If I could have just sat on a bench here in the shade of the trees and listen to the falls of the river, I would have been a happy camper.


2017-05-20T09:04:29+00:00August 20th, 2014|everyday life|15 Comments


  1. Rebecca August 20, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Wow! What a crazy experience for you both! I’m glad everything turned out well in the end, including getting a REAL criminal off the street!

  2. Peggy D August 20, 2014 at 10:11 am


  3. Lisa Bearnson August 20, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    What a crazy, crazy story, Kerri!!! Wow–that tops even tops the money/inlaws/Zach story!

    • Kerri August 20, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      BAH ha ha ha! I know how you love that story Lisa!

  4. Trish August 20, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    That is THE funniest story! But I still want to hear the money/inlaws/Zach story….

  5. Nashonne August 20, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Wow, what a story!!!

  6. Melanie A. August 20, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Oh heavens!! They would have been in for a treat with my DH and I. We are always going back and forth. Our best friends just shake their heads and laugh at us lol. We provide unlimited entertainment :D So very glad you guys weren’t in the bank when they went in after the person who had the warrant out on them!

  7. Kathleen D August 21, 2014 at 5:31 am

    What a CRAZY story Kerri!

  8. Lynette August 21, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Oh, this story was just fabulous! How funny, and sort of embarrassing at the same time! Way to go to get a criminal captured! :)

  9. Diana Waite August 21, 2014 at 11:12 am

    well that was EXCITING!

  10. Trish August 21, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Oh my GOODNESS! I just read the Zach scam story and that just infuriates me, but beyond that, some criminal knew way too much about your family! I am glad that there was a happy ending and that you were kind enough to spread the word about that horrible scam.

  11. Elaine S August 22, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    I saw that this post wasn’t craft related and started to move on. But being a fan of the mystery genre I kept reading. Thank s for sharing your story. It brought a smile to my face.

  12. Becca August 25, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I read this with a giant smile on my face. Sometimes things happen for just the right reasons. I’m glad it wasn’t you with a warrant, that would have been awful.

    This story reminds me of an incident that happened when I was little. My friend said that if you called your phone number backwards, something cool would happen. Then she started dialing her number in reverse. Well, the last four digits of her number were 8119. So she dialed 911 and it automatically called emergency who sent out a firetruck. She learned a good lesson that day, but it was even better that the firemen were there because 5 houses down, a house fire had started while no one was home to even call 911. Lesson learned and house saved at the same time.

    • Kerri August 25, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Wow! That’s a crazy story too!
      Everything happens for a reason. :)

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