‘Mountain man’ captured in Utah

Detectives placied Troy James Knapp into custody.
Emery County Sheriff's Office/Associated Press
Detectives placied Troy James Knapp into custody.

MANTI, Utah — Authorities captured an elusive survivalist on Tuesday who is suspected of burglarizing Utah cabins and leaving some covered with threats and bullet holes, ending a saga that began six years ago and drew in police and residents around the state.

Troy James Knapp, 45, dubbed the ‘‘Mountain Man’’ by cabin owners, was taken into custody in the snowy mountains outside of Ferron in central Utah after firing several shots at officers in a helicopter, authorities said.

No one was hit before Knapp was captured while trying to flee on foot from dozens of officers who converged on snowmobiles, Sanpete County Sheriff Brian Nielson said.


Knapp was armed with at least one rifle and one handgun, authorities said.

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Authorities have said Knapp was armed and dangerous when he broke into dozens of mountain cabins across remote southern Utah. They said he has been photographed by motion-triggered camera on snowshoes with a stolen rifle slung over his shoulder.

Associated Press