Cedar Hills – A couple who owes more than $ 1 million in taxes and have been living illegally in their former home in Cedar Hills for eight months were arrested after an armed confrontation Thursday night, according to police.
Paul Kenneth Cromar was arrested in Pleasant Grove, and his wife Barbara Cromar was arrested at the police home saying they were living illegally after supporters of the couple armed with rifles and pistols had a confrontation with the police, according to Utah County Sgt. Spencer Cannon.
“Obviously, this causes us a great deal of anxiety because there have been statements made by Mr. Cromard and others that he will never leave the house again,” Cannon said.
However, the confrontation ended peacefully, and Barbara Cromar and another person were arrested without being shot.
“There were no threats made,” Cannon said. “Obviously there was some disagreement, but when the orders came, most people finally complied.”
All three will be held in the Utah County Jail. The specific allegations against them were not detailed Thursday night.
Cannon said the couple has a minor daughter who was not at home when the police arrived, and officials do not know her whereabouts at this time.
He said, “They will not say (where is she).” “We just wanted to make sure she was okay, but they wouldn’t answer even if she was okay. We assume she is there, and we hope she is, but we have no way of knowing where she is and what her condition is. … There is a possibility that she is outside wandering the streets or sleeping In City Park. I don’t think that’s the case, but they didn’t even say one way or the other that it’s okay. “
Paul Cromar’s house was seized by the government last year and eventually sold after he failed to file federal income tax returns from 1999 to 2005According to Canon, who said his total outstanding taxes are over $ 1 million.
However, shortly after the house was sold, the Cromar family returned to it and it was alleged that they had been living there illegally for eight months.
Cromar objects to the confiscation and sale of his home, claiming he did not have the constitutional right to a fair trial, according to Kanon.
Cannon said, “I don’t even like to say ‘move to live’, even though that’s what he did.” They entered the house illegally, and they were basically sitting. They don’t have their home, and there could be a quarrel around it. But when you have disagreements about things, you cannot always take unilateral action that is only in your best interest. “
Cannon said police had been aware of the situation for several weeks, if not more, but he was unsure why officers took action on Thursday.