Armed Iron County resident makes citizen’s arrest in connection with alleged burglary and arson

Michael Cross was booked into the Iron County Correctional Facility on charges of aggravated arson and burglary – Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff’s Office.

The Iron County Sheriff is pointing to the Second Amendment as the reason one man is in jail Saturday night following an incident earlier in the day that ended with a resident making a citizen’s arrest at gunpoint.

Cedar City resident Michael Lamoyne Cross, 49, was booked into the Iron County Correctional Facility Saturday morning after an Iron County resident made a citizen’s arrest. The resident, who is employed with a security company, was armed at the time. He then drove the suspect to jail, turning him over to deputies, Iron County Sheriff Mark Gower said.

Gower championed the actions of the resident and credited the Second Amendment for giving the man the ability to protect himself and his family.

“This is what the Second Amendment is all about — to be able to protect your life and property,” Gower said. “The Second Amendment isn’t about hunting. It’s for self-protection. I, as the Iron County Sheriff, and the Iron County Sheriff’s Office fully support the Second Amendment and the right of the people to be armed. This was a situation where police were minutes away, but seconds counted. By the time deputies arrived on scene, this suspect could have been gone but because the resident was armed he was able to take him into custody.”

According to a news release issued by the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to a burglary in progress at around 11:35 a.m. at a residence near the Tipple Road in Schurtz Canyon approximately 2 miles south of Cedar City.

The resident of the home told deputies he had found the suspect allegedly removing items in his shed.

A 911 call was made approximately 30 minutes after deputies arrived on scene reporting a structure fire directly across the street from where Cross had been arrested. Upon arrival, officers found the house completely engulfed in flames. No one was in the home at the time the fire was started, the press release stated. Cedar City Fire responded to the incident.

Deputies later learned the two incidents were related after interviewing Cross, Sgt. Nic Johnson said.

Cross was booked on aggravated arson – a first-degree felony, three counts of burglary – all second-degree felonies and three counts of theft – all class B misdemeanors.

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