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Unified Police Department News

Wanted: Midvale Robbery Suspect

Midvale, UT – On March 18, 2018, Unified Police Department (UPD) officers from the Midvale Precinct were dispatched to a robbery that had just occurred at the Phillips 66 located at 8370 South State Street in Midvale, Utah.

The lone suspect approached the clerk, pointed a firearm directly at her and demanded cash. After obtaining the cash he fled the business. He was observed getting into a dark colored sedan which looked like the bumper was falling off. Detectives believe the vehicle to be a Honda Civic or similar. This vehicle was last seen heading west on Princeton Avenue.

He is described as a Caucasian male mid 30’s, heavy set, short scruffy auburn colored goatee or beard. He was wearing a camouflage jacket (possibly Newman Construction on back), black gloves and khaki colored pants.

Detectives from the Unified Police Department Violent Crimes Unit and FBI Violent Crimes Task Force are actively investigating this case. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 385-468-9819.

Information Regarding Midvale Kidnapping

Midvale, UT – Over this last weekend, the Unified Police Department (UPD) Midvale Precinct and Violent Crimes Unit (VCU) have been investigating a kidnapping of a 30-year-old adult male, who had later escaped and called police.

On the night of March 10, UPD Midvale Precinct officers were called by the victim who was reporting a theft of a security camera. The victim believed the suspects to be the upstairs neighbors in the complex in which they all reside. Police looked to question the upstairs neighbors, however they were not home.

Later in the evening, the victim spotted the suspects outside of their apartment, having a smoke. Because of a past friendly relationship, the victim went to speak with the suspects, hoping to straighten the situation. When the victim went inside the suspects apartment, the door closed behind him and one of the suspects grabbed and held him with a knife to his throat. The suspects demanded the victim drop the theft case or else he would be killed. The victim was held in the apartment by the group of three suspects and later forced into an orange 2008 Cadillac CTS. While the car was driving, the victim was able to unlock a back door and jump from the moving vehicle. Luckily, the victim escaped with only minor injuries.

On the morning of March 11, police found the orange Cadillac at the Wasatch Apartments in Midvale. All three suspects were taken into custody without incident. The suspect’s vehicle was impounded and a search warrant for evidence was served at the originating location (Marquette Drive). The suspects were interviewed and later booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on charges of Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Kidnapping, Theft, and Threats.

Unified Police Department is Hiring an Administrator

The Administrator will work under the direction of the Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service Area Board of Trustees (the governing body) and the Salt Lake County Sheriff, who serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Service Area. The Administrator will be responsible for the daily operations, oversight, budget management, and project management. The Administrator will participate in developing a strategic plan, research various issues, recommend a course of action, and represent the service area in a variety of settings with approval.

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Kearns School Threat Arrest

Kearns, UT – On February 25, 2018, Unified Police Department (UPD) officers from the Kearns Precinct were given information about potential threats of violence aimed at a local school. A picture had been posted on social media site Snapchat, which showed a rifle in the suspect’s lap and a warning to “not come to school on Monday”.

UPD Officers immediately gathered information and coordinated with Granite School District Police Department. Within an hour, the suspect was identified as a student of Thomas Jefferson Junior High School. Officers then responded to the student’s residence to interview him and his parents. It was determined that the gun pictured was an Airsoft rifle, and there was no immediate threat to the school. Based on the threat in the social media post, the student was charged with Terroristic Threats, which is punishable as a third-degree felony (Utah Code 76-5-107). He was left in the care of his parents and will await administrative action by Granite School District.

It is the position of the Unified Police Department that all threats against schools, regardless of the nature, will be treated as real and investigated thoroughly. Sheriff Rosie Rivera, UPD Kearns Precinct members, and the Granite School District Police Department will be available for media questions, February 27, at 10:30 am inside the Unified Police Department auditorium.

Unified Police Department Is Hiring Full Time And Part Time Dispatchers

UPD Dispatchers answer emergency and nonemergency calls, obtain critical information from callers, enter information on the computer, dispatch officers on calls, monitor radio traffic, and provide quick response to emergencies.

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Millcreek Shooting Arrest

Millcreek, UT / Kearns, UT – On February 9, 2018, Unified Police Department (UPD) officers from the Millcreek Precinct were dispatched to a shooting at 3925 S. State St. Witnesses reported seeing and hearing several shots with a male being struck by gunfire. The 18-year-old male victim arrived at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, UT with a non-life threatening gunshot to the leg.

Through investigation, it was determined that an argument had ensued between two groups of associates, when one person produced a gun and started shooting. The shooter was identified as 19-year-old Elhelbawy Adam Idrees of West Valley City, UT.

On the night of February 15, 2018, a UPD Kearns Sergeant conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding. The driver was immediately identified as the shooting suspect. Idrees was taken into custody without incident. He was interviewed by Violent Crime Unit detectives and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on four counts of attempted aggravated murder and three counts of felony discharge of a firearm.

Statement from Sheriff Rosie Rivera

Jon M. Huntsman Sr. was very dear to my heart as he was my biggest supporter and mentor. I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. He was kind and devoted to helping others. He was a true example of integrity, honor and faith. I have cherished his advice and wisdom throughout the years. I feel blessed that he was able to attend my swearing in as Sheriff, it was apparent that he was not feeling well but he made it a priority to be there. I will always be grateful for his friendship and support. I am so blessed to have known him. My love and prayers go out to Karen, Markie and all the Huntsman family.

Sheriff Rosie Rivera

Riverton/Herriman Shooting Recap

Suspect has been taken into custody

SUSPECT: Llewelyn, Justin Gary, age 33

RIVERTON, UT – On January 20th, 2018, shortly before 6 am, a Unified Police Department (UPD) officer interrupted a burglar, prowling cars. The suspect, later identified as Justin Llewelyn, fled from the officer on foot. Moments later he encountered another officer, shot at the officer’s vehicle and then exchanged fire with the officer. During this criminal episode, the suspect broke into a residence to steal a car. The home owner confronted the suspect and the suspect shot the home owner twice. The homeowner, fortunately, has been listed in good condition and is recovering.

In the months prior to this incident, Justin Llewelyn had been living with family near the Riverton/Herriman border. Llewelyn has extensive criminal history with numerous bookings in to the Salt Lake County Jail over the last 15 years. Attached are several different booking photos of Llewelyn, showing him with different hairstyles, and facial hair.

Currently, Llewelyn is armed and extremely dangerous; he has already fired at officers on two occasions. Use extreme caution if encountered. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Llewelyn is asked to call police immediately.

Unified Police Dept.: 801-743-7000 or;
Salt Lake City Police 801-799-3000

** Since this incident is considered an Officer Involved Critical Incident (OICI), protocol was invoked in compliance with Utah Code 76-2-408. The Investigating Protocol Team for this investigation will be led by the Salt Lake City Police Department.

To learn more about the OICI protocol click here

Missing Person

TAYLORSVILLE, UT – The Unified Police Department (UPD) Special Victims Unit and family members of Dustin Bird are asking the public for any information as to the whereabouts of Dustin Bird. Dustin was last seen in Taylorsville on February 17, 2017 when he left his home to meet up with a friend of his. He has not been seen or heard from since.

Dustin is described as a medium/light skin, Hispanic male. He is listed at 5’8”, 160 lbs., brown eyes, shaved or buzzed hairstyle with a moustache. He has tattoos covering both arms, a large spider tattoo on the top right side of his head, and “Mia” tattooed on the left side of his neck, and “801” tattooed behind his left ear. He was last seen wearing jeans and black Nike shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Unified Police Department at 801-743-7000.

55 Officer Appreciation Bags Delivered To The Taylorsville Precinct

Ashley Johnson, the reigning Regal Majesty Utah Miss Queen, delivered 55 officer appreciation bags to the Taylorsville precinct as part of a service project. Thank you to Ashley and the Regal Majesty Organization for your act of kindness and support!

Arrest made in 2015 Hit & Run Death

KEARNS, UT - November 22, 2015: 19-year-old Edgar Osvaldo Frayre-Rodriguez was part of a group of three people on motorcycles. The group was turning right to exit a Chevron and travel southbound on 4700 South. Frayre-Rodriguez swung wide and wobbled, and he was struck by oncoming Jeep, driven by Tyler Hurt. Hurt fled the scene in the Jeep and was being sought by detectives.

REDDING, CA – January 9, 2018: Unified Police Department (UPD) detectives, with the assistance of the United States Marshal’s Office, has made an arrest in the November 22, 2015 hit and run death of 19-year-old Edgar Osvaldo Frayre-Rodriguez. Tyler Hurt, who was previously named as a person of interest, was arrested by the US Marshal’s in Redding, CA. He is currently being held in Shasta County, CA, awaiting extradition and prosecution by the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office. No other details are available on the arrest.

Sheriff Holiday Message

I would like to wish all our residents a safe and happy holiday season. I want to thank our community for your support and I especially want to thank our Officers and Civilian staff for all the excellent work they do every day. Their professionalism and dedication does not go unnoticed. The Unified Police Department is proud of the relationship and partnership we have with our community. We understand to be successful in public safety we need your help through working together and partnerships. This past year, the Unified Police Department experienced a change in command; Sheriff Jim Winder left before his term was completed and I, Sheriff Rosie Rivera, became the new CEO over the Unified Police Department. With the change, there have been some administrative changes. Chief Jacob Peterson was promoted to the Chief of Police Services of our Riverton Precinct and Chief Randy Thomas was promoted to the Chief of Police Services of our Midvale Precinct. We also saw a change in City Administrations across the Valley with many new Mayors and Councilmembers elected into office effective January 2018. I would like to thank all the outgoing Mayors and City Councilmembers for their support and partnership they have had with the Unified Police Department in the past years. I look forward to working in partnership with our new Mayors, Councilmembers and our communities to accomplish great things in the future!

Congratulations Sgt. Lovato who received the International Footprinters National Officer of the Year award today.

Congratulations Lieutenant Randy Thomas for APCO Administrator of the Year, and Cherise Fevaleaki for APCO Trainer of the Year.

Sheriff Rosie Rivera

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