ST. GEORGE — A 22-year-old man allegedly concealing a Remington 12-gauge shotgun under his shirt with 10 rounds of ammunition while riding his bike in St. George was arrested Saturday.
Just after 10 p.m., officers were patrolling the area of 600 North and 2700 East when they spotted a bicyclist whom they believed was wanted on multiple outstanding warrants, according to a probable cause statement filed by the St. George Police Department in support of the arrest.
Officers stopped the man, identified as Chyles Chad Taliman, of St. George. Taliman wouldn’t turn around to talk with officers, and he hesitated when he was asked to step away from his bike, the arresting officer wrote in a sworn statement.
“He then said something to the effect that he had a shotgun,” the officer stated.
Police immediately grabbed Taliman’s arm, placed him in handcuffs and told him he was under arrest for his outstanding warrants.
“Located under his shirt was a Remington 12 gauge shotgun carrying 10 rounds of ammunition,” the officer stated. “Chyles stated he was there to see a buddy and would not answer any other questions.”
It was discovered that Taliman had a $5,000 warrant for retail theft, a $2,500 warrant for providing false personal information and a $2,500 warrant for multiple violations – each issued by the 5th District Court.
After Taliman was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility and his charges were posted on the bookings website, a man who recognized Taliman called police and said he believed the gun confiscated during the arrest was his, the report stated.
The man alleged that Taliman had been at his home Friday night and that his gun was missing, according to the statement. The man was able to positively identify that the gun belonged to him by providing a description and serial number of the gun.
The Washington County Attorney’s Office filed an information in 5th District Court accusing Taliman of second-degree felony theft by receiving stolen property, third-degree felony possession of a firearm by a restricted person, class B misdemeanor carrying a concealed firearm, and an infraction for not having a bicycle lamp or reflectors installed on his bike.
Taliman appeared before 5th District Judge Eric Ludlow Monday for his initial court appearance. Ludlow ordered $5,000 cash-only bail for Taliman’s release pending trial.
Taliman was found indigent by the court and was appointed attorney Douglas Terry to represent him. He is scheduled to make his next appearance in court April 25.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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