In Salt Lake City, Utah, a man in an SUV observed a motorcycle ride past that he had helped build. Quickly and correctly identifying the bike as stolen, the man proceeded to run the motorcyclist off the road, informing him that the bike he was riding was stolen property. Apparently already fully apprised of the situation, the motorcyclist then proceeded to hijack a passing van with a woman and infant inside. The man then forced the woman to drive him to his house before letting her and the infant go without harm. Once released, the woman immediately returned to the scene and reported the incident to the authorities. Although the motorcyclist has not been found, police now have his name and several other identifying characteristics with which to track him down.
As far as the vigilante bike builder is concerned, police told The Salt Lake City Tribune that it’s highly unlikely he’ll be faced with any charges. Explained Salt Lake County sheriff Lt. Paul Jarosack, “He was doing what he thought was appropriate to stop the stolen motorcycle…A citizen has almost as much right as the police to effect arrest.”