'That’s my son!': Mother recounts boy’s rescue by West Valley City SWAT team

A West Valley City SWAT team rescued a boy from an apartment after an hours-long standoff with a domestic violence suspect on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — The mother of a boy who was pulled to safety by a West Valley City SWAT team Tuesday night says the ordeal was the result of an abusive relationship.

Authorities identified the suspect as Troy Archuletta, 26, who has since been booked on a felony charge of aggravated assault and three misdemeanor charges.

The victim of the assault, who asked not the be identified, told 2News that Archuletta hit her in the head with a metal pipe around 3 p.m.

“He was just lashing out in any way he could,” the victim said.

She fled the house and called police. Archuletta is her ex-boyfriend and the father of the five-year-old boy who remained inside the home.

Police arrived and didn’t get a response when they knocked on the door to talk to Archuletta.

“I just started getting worried when I saw the SWAT cars,” the victim said.

West Valley City Deputy Police Chief Matt Elson says they called in the SWAT team because they didn’t know what Archuletta’s intentions were with the three people who remained inside the apartment — the young boy, a teen girl and another adult male.

“He didn’t say, ‘ I’ve got people in here and I’m going to kill them.’ Nothing like that was ever said,” Elson said.

Around 6:30 p.m., the SWAT team ran from the house with the young boy. Seconds later, Archuletta came out in handcuffs. The other two people inside the home were then brought out. Nobody was injured, according to police.

The victim of the assault told 2News she had an 11-year relationship with Archuletta.

“If you love someone, you’re going to try and work with them,” she said.

She added that she was routinely abused.

“Hitting is not OK, don’t be OK with it, because if you are OK with it, it’s just going to get worse,” she said.

She and the young boy are now staying at a safe place. She says she hopes her story will help other domestic abuse victims.

“Domestic violence starts as a train reaction, so if you can stop it before it crashes, you can get off in time,” she said.

Archuletta was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail. A court date was not immediately available.

If you or a loved one are experiencing domestic violence, resources and help are available to you. A 24-hour domestic violence hotline can be reached at 1-800-897-5465.

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