CRIME

Utah dad confronts kidnapper taking 5-year-old daughter from home; police track down suspect

  • Sandy Police escort suspected kidnapper Troy Morley to a police car for transport to the Salt Lake County Jail, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Sandy, Utah. Morley was confronted by a Utah dad after he allegedly entered the family's home in Sandy, snatching their 5-year-old daughter out of bed. The suspect handed her over to her father without confrontation, police said. The 5-year-old girl wasn’t hurt in the frightening experience. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Scott G. Winterton)  SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Sandy Police escort suspected kidnapper Troy Morley to a police car for transport to the Salt Lake County Jail, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Sandy, Utah. Morley was confronted by a Utah dad after he allegedly entered the family's home in Sandy, snatching their 5-year-old daughter out of bed. The suspect handed her over to her father without confrontation, police said. The 5-year-old girl wasn’t hurt in the frightening experience. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Scott G. Winterton) SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Sandy Police escort suspected kidnapper Troy Morley to a police car for transport to the Salt Lake County Jail, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Sandy, Utah. Morley was confronted by a Utah dad after he allegedly entered the family's home in Sandy, snatching their 5-year-old daughter out of bed. The suspect handed her over to her father without confrontation, police said. The 5-year-old girl wasn’t hurt in the frightening experience. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Scott G. Winterton)  SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Sandy Police escort suspected kidnapper Troy Morley to a police car for transport to the Salt Lake County Jail, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Sandy, Utah. Morley was confronted by a Utah dad after he allegedly entered the family's home in Sandy, snatching their 5-year-old daughter out of bed. The suspect handed her over to her father without confrontation, police said. The 5-year-old girl wasn’t hurt in the frightening experience. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Scott G. Winterton) SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Sandy Police escort suspected kidnapper Troy Morley to a police car for transport to the Salt Lake County Jail, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Sandy, Utah. Morley was confronted by a Utah dad after he allegedly entered the family's home in Sandy, snatching their 5-year-old daughter out of bed. The suspect handed her over to her father without confrontation, police said. The 5-year-old girl wasn’t hurt in the frightening experience. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Scott G. Winterton)  SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Sandy Police escort suspected kidnapper Troy Morley to a police car for transport to the Salt Lake County Jail, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Sandy, Utah. Morley was confronted by a Utah dad after he allegedly entered the family's home in Sandy, snatching their 5-year-old daughter out of bed. The suspect handed her over to her father without confrontation, police said. The 5-year-old girl wasn’t hurt in the frightening experience. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Scott G. Winterton) SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

A Utah dad foiled an attempt to kidnap his young daughter from her bed early Friday after confronting a man carrying her across the lawn.

Police Sgt. Dean Carriger says the suspect entered the home through an unlocked door or window about 4:30 a.m. in Sandy, a middle-class suburb south of Salt Lake City.

Police say the intruder took the sleeping girl from her bedroom, but woke up the girls' parents with noises. The girl's father went to the door and saw the man carrying his daughter, confronted him and took his daughter back.

The suspect then fled. Officers say they set up a perimeter, and with the help of a police dog who bit the man, soon arrested a 46-year-old man.

Carriger says the family did not know the suspect.