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Salt Lake Valley Armed Robberies
Salt Lake County, UT – On the night of July 16, 2017, Unified Police Department (UPD) investigated two robberies, possibly committed by the same group of juvenile suspects. One suspect was eventually caught by Salt Lake City Police, however two suspects are still outstanding.
The first robbery occurred at the 7-11 located at 2287 E 3300 S. Three masked suspects confronted the clerk who was smoking a cigarette outside and assaulted him with a black handgun. One of the suspects held the victim outside the store while the two others stole cigarettes. All three suspects fled south and left in a maroon colored Nissan Altima. Several passerby witnesses observed the robbery take place.
Shortly after this robbery, officers of the Midvale Precinct were alerted to another robbery that had just occurred at the 7-11, 6852 S State St. Two suspects, dressed identical to the previous robbery, entered the store from the south. The suspects had a black garbage bag in their hands. One suspect pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money and cigarettes from the clerk. The clerk complied and the suspects were last seen fleeing southbound, on foot.
The suspects in the robberies are described by the following:
Suspect #1: Male, age 16-17 yo, 5’07”, 130 lbs., short dark hair, dark complexion, gray T-shirt, gray gym shorts, black Nike shoes ,wearing a red bandana over his face and armed with a black semi-auto handgun.
Suspect #2: Male, age 16-17 yo, 5’06”, 130 lbs., dark complexion, gray shirt, dark jeans, white shoes and wearing a black bandana over his face.
Suspect #3: Unknown male, Red hat and red bandana -lighter colored skin.
Suspect Vehicle: Maroon Nissan Altima – unknown license plate.
Later in the evening, UPD detectives learned that Salt Lake City Police had apprehended one of the suspects (unknown which of the three) connected to the two UPD robberies. Detectives are currently interviewing that juvenile male. Detectives are also trying to obtain surveillance video from both stores.
Unified Police Department detectives are asking anyone with information on the outstanding suspects to call 801-743-7000.
A Message from Undersheriff Scott Carver
With the resignation of Salt Lake County Sheriff James M. Winder effective 0000 hours July 17, 2017, Undersheriff Scott Carver will be acting Sheriff until an interim Sheriff is determined and appointed. Undersheriff Carver has been with the office as Undersheriff since October 2008. In the absence of the sheriff, the undersheriff has full authority to act as the sheriff for operational and administrative purposes. He, along with the many very experienced and highly qualified supervisory staff, and the even more important line staff, will ensure that the mission of the Sheriff’s Office and the Unified Police Department is carried out in the most effective and professional way. We will continue to serve the citizens of this county with unwavering commitment and without interruption of service in any way.
Once the Salt Lake County Council notifies the Utah Democratic Party of the vacancy, they will begin the process of filling the position. This process should be completed within 45-60 days.
This change affects both the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Unified Police Department as Office of the Sheriff. Both agencies are operating at the highest levels of efficiency and will continue to do so. We are proud of the accomplishments and progress we as an office have made under Sheriff Winder and look forward to building upon the great history and traditions we have established.
Undersheriff Scott Carver
Unified Police Department and Attorney Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson Announce a Settlement in Wrongful Shooting Case
Salt Lake County, UT - The Unified Police Department (UPD) has reached an agreement with Dustin and Miranda Evans to settle all claims arising out of the mistaken identity shooting of Dustin Evans in Midvale on October 30, 2015. The amount of the settlement is 1.2 million dollars, to be paid by UPD’s insurance company.
Sheriff Jim Winder said, “I am pleased that one of my last acts as Sheriff has been to resolve this case arising out of the tragic mistaken identity shooting of Dustin Evans. We wish Dustin and Miranda Evans the best going forward.”
Unified Police Service Dog Shot and Killed
Millcreek, UT – Members of the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (VFAST) were conducting an operation in locating wanted parole fugitive Torey Chase Massey. Massey was a parole fugitive wanted for theft, robbery, and aggravated assault. He was also suspected of fleeing from the Metro Gang Unit last week.
Tonight, at approximately 1 am Massey was located driving in the Millcreek area. Officers attempted to disable his vehicle by using spike strips. Even after spiking the car, Massey continued to flee in the vehicle. His vehicle came to a stop in the area of the Brickyard shopping plaza. He then attempted to run on foot. A UPD K9 was deployed with the intent of capturing Massey. Officers heard the K9 engage Massey then heard a multitude of gunshots. Massey broke free and continued to run where he was ultimately captured by other officers. Officers located their service dog critically wounded, where he was immediately taken to a nearby animal hospital and declared deceased.
Massey is in custody of the US Marshal’s Office. Salt Lake City Police will be conducting the investigation in the events surrounding the K9 murder.
Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder, the Unified Police Department, and our numerous partners in law enforcement are heartbroken with the loss of our K9 partner.
Taylorsville Robbery and Arrest
Taylorsville, UT - Taylorsville, UT – At 1:21 am on May 23, 2017, Unified Police Department (UPD) Officers of the Taylorsville Precinct received a call of male suspect entering the 7-11 at 3180 W 5400 S. The suspect produced a hatchet and demanded cash from the clerk. The clerk did not cooperate with the suspect demands. The suspect ran out of the store and attempted to rob a second employee who was standing outside the business. The suspect then ran northbound and enter the suspect vehicle. A witness saw the suspect enter the suspect vehicle (dark colored Jeep Cherokee) and followed them to the area of 1900 W 3300 S before losing sight of the suspect vehicle.
A West Valley Police K9 Officer spotted the vehicle parked in a driveway of a residence in the area. When back-up officers arrived, they contacted a male and female suspect who were standing in the back of the driveway area. UPD Officers began to investigate and collect evidence, including conclusive video that lead to the arrest of two suspects.
Detectives from the UPD Violent Crimes Unit interviewed both suspects. Cory Whipple confessed to the 7-11 robbery of last night and a prior robbery on April 11, 2017. Detectives are still considering Whipple as a prime suspect in the Taco Bell (3197 W 5400 S) robbery that occurred on April 23, 2017.
Salt Lake County Office of the Sheriff Honors its Fallen Members
On May 3, 2017, the Office of the Salt Lake County Sheriff will honor its fallen members with the annual memorial service hosted by the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office Mutual Aid Association. These members gave their lives while protecting the citizens of Salt Lake County. This is an honor for our department to recognize these individuals who have paid the ultimate sacrifice all in the service of their community. There will be a short program followed by a 21-gun salute and taps to honor these heroes. The service will be held at 3365 South 900 West at the memorial monument on the east side of the building.