Real Estate Agent Finds Armed Man Hiding During Showing

September 9, 2020

A real estate agent in Draper, Utah, was showing what she thought was a vacant house for sale to a potential buyer—until they discovered, behind one locked bedroom door in the basement, a man holding a rifle, according to police reports.

The agent unlocked the door to come face-to-face with the man. “The male subject [was] pointing a rifle at her and one of her clients,” the affidavit states, as reported by the Deseret News.

The man allegedly told the agent and potential buyer to get off the property.

The agent and buyer called the police after they left the home.

Police said they were unable to get the man to come to the door initially. Eventually, the man came to the door unarmed and opened the door for police.

Police arrested Matthew Lee Hirschi, 26, in connection with the incident. He has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault.

The police report did not say whether Hirschi owned the house or why he was at the home.

The incident is another reminder to real estate professionals to exercise caution when touring homes for sale with clients. About two weeks ago, two men in North Ridgeville, Ohio, were arrested and charged in connection with the attempted abduction of a female real estate agent at a home she was showing.

September marks REALTOR® Safety Month, a monthlong awareness campaign about the dangers in real estate and reminders of precautions to take on the job.