YUCCA VALLEY — After running from police and trying to hide under a blanket in a woman’s house, a parolee from Michigan was arrested Tuesday morning, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Bryan Taylor, 37, was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and assault on an officer; he is accused of trying to punch a deputy during the arrest, said Jodi Miller, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Department. Taylor is on parole in Michigan for larceny, forgery and receiving stolen property.
According to Miller, a deputy tried to contact Miller Tuesday morning for an investigation into another case from a couple of weeks ago. “Mr. Taylor gave the deputy wrong name information and then he fled from the deputy,” Miller said.
The deputy gave chase and a search for Taylor followed, with deputies on the ground and the sheriff’s helicopter circling overhead in the area of Acoma Trail.
One deputy hurt his hand on a chain-link fence during the case, Miller said.
While they looked, they heard cries for help from one house and ran toward the sound.
Those cries were coming from the Navajo Trail house where Nancy Smith has lived for 23 years. Smith’s two adult daughters were visiting her and although she usually keeps her front door locked, she said, in the bustle of the visit, they forgot this time.
Smith talked to the Hi-Desert Star Tuesday after Taylor’s arrest.
“My daughters had just come over and we were back in my bedroom,” she said. “One of my daughters said, ‘Is someone at the front door?’ I went out and looked and said, ‘Oh, there’s no one there.’”
That’s when her Chihuahua started barking.
“My dog was going crazy and then I noticed a blanket behind the couch,” Smith said. “I kind of tapped it with my foot and that’s when I realized there was someone in the house.”
She rushed back to her daughters and they went into the living room, shouting at the man to get out of the house.
“He was like, ‘You don’t understand,’ and they were like, ‘Yes, we do. Get out of our mom’s house.”
Taylor ran from them back out the front door.
Shortly afterward, deputies found him hiding under a car parked at another house.
He was arrested and taken to jail. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has already contacted Michigan, Miller said.
“Once these current criminal charges with us are satisfied, then we will let Michigan know and they will pick him up,” she said.
As for Smith, she says she’ll never again forget to lock her doors.
“That was absolutely frightening,” she said. “It could have gone any way.”