Salt Lake City Robbery Derailed by Clerk with Ax Handle

Salt Lake City Robbery Derailed

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A man who attempted the robbery of a Salt Lake City convenience store on Sunday, Nov. 23, apparently chose the wrong store. The clerk fought back with an ax handle, and the suspect is now in jail on charges of robbery and aggravated assault.

Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick

According to a report from KSL News, on Sunday morning at approximately 3:30 a.m., the suspect, a 23-year-old male whose name hasn’t been released, entered a Salt Lake Maverik Country Store. In addition to not listing the suspect’s name, the report didn’t state whether the man had a weapon, however, it would seem that he didn’t because the clerk refused his demands for money.

When the suspect came behind the counter and threatened the clerk, the clerk struck the suspect several times in the head with an ax handle. The suspect got the weapon at some point, chasing the clerk around the store before fleeing after the clerk escaped the store. An unsuccessful robbery indeed.

Salt Lake Police Lt. Michael Ross stated that they received a call not long after about a man bleeding from his head. Aided by the identification of the suspect by the Maverik clerk, the police arrested the man, took him to the hospital for treatment of the head wounds, then booked him into the Salt Lake County Jail for robbery and aggravated assault.

Robbery Charges Discussed

The fact that the suspect is only being charged with robbery is further evidence that he most likely didn’t have a weapon (otherwise it would be aggravated robbery). According to Utah Criminal Code 76-6-301, in this case the suspect may be guilty of robbery if he “unlawfully and intentionally takes or attempts to take personal property in the possession of another from his person, or immediate presence, against his will, by means of force or fear”. Even though the suspect wasn’t successful, the key word is “attempts.”

Robbery is considered a second degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. If you or someone you know has been charged with robbery, you don’t want to get the full brunt of this charge. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who will work on your behalf.

Man Attempts, Fails Robbery of Two Utah Businesses

Man Fails Attempted Robbery

Photo: Mike Mozart

A man is being sought as a suspect for the attempted robbery of two separate businesses on Saturday, August 30. Both times, the man was easily dissuaded from his course of action and left with no money.

Must Not Have Needed Money That Bad

On Saturday morning, the suspect, a male described as approximately 5 feet 7 inches wearing a red University of Utah hoodie, entered a Subway restaurant in West Valley City. He asked the cashier for money but was told there wasn’t any in the store. Deciding that made perfect sense, the first attempted robbery was thwarted, and the man moved on to the next location, a Family Dollar store. At this location, after asking for money, the man was told he would have to wait. Clearly the suspect had other more pressing engagements because he decided not to wait, instead leaving the store on foot and entering a white passenger vehicle.

Police are still looking for the suspect.

Robbery Charges Still Possible

Even though the suspect was unsuccessful in his half-hearted attempts, if he is caught, he could still be charged with robbery. According to Utah Code 76-6-301, a person may be convicted of robbery if they “unlawfully and intentionally take or attempts to take personal property in the possession of another”. This extends to the owner of the establishments, even if they weren’t personally there for the crime. The tricky part in this particular crime is that it requires the use of “force or fear.” In neither instance was it reported that the man threatened violence. He simply asked for money. As one commenter stated on the KSL news website, “What’s the difference between this guy… and a panhandler on the street holding a sign ‘asking for money’?”

If more details surface including a threat of force or violence, robbery constitutes a second degree felony, punishable by up to fifteen years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. If you or someone you know has been charged with robbery, seek the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney who knows your rights. After all, maybe you were really just asking for money.

Utah State Prison Unveils New 100% Organic Food Menu, which is Now Gephardt Approved!

The Utah State Prison announced a new and improved meal plan for inmates. The new menu plan includes an emphasis on lean meats, which includes turkey, chicken and fish, rather than the traditional “mystery meat” that questionably fit for human consumption. The menu also includes 100% organic locally grown fruits and vegetables.

The Utah Board of Pardons released the following statement:
Serving organic, fresh food will in the long term improve inmate health. The new meal plan will actually reduce the medical costs for inmates. Because the public would rather fund prisons than schools, we need to accept the fact that Utah’s prison population will continue to grow older and older. Due to the longer prison sentences the average age of inmates has increased significantly, thus healthy food options are a smart move. In addition, we are very proud to be the first correctional institution that is Gephardt Approved!

Achieving Gephardt Approved status was a very difficult and challenging process. Mr. Gephardt himself spent 2 1/2 weeks in the gang unit wing of the prison to understand the Prison and to make sure he personally approved of the menu changes. Inmates in the gang unit were initially skeptical of Mr. Gephardt, but ultimately the Peckerwoods accepted him. (Please see video below). They even gave him the moniker of “Papa Smurf “. The inmates and Mr. Gephardt spent time knitting winter hats for underprivileged children and making origami owls, flowers and panda bears for the Children’s Hospital. “I’ll never forget the two and half weeks I spent with the fellas at the point” Gephardt gushed “but I’ve got to move on and examine auto body shops, nail salons and plastic surgeons, who are also seeking my approval.” On a more serious note, Gephardt reaffirmed the need for prisons and stated “Thank God for prisons! Some of those inmates truly deserved to be locked up.”

Inmate Ima Freebird stated “It’s about time the prison changed the menu, I’ve had the exact same breakfast, lunch and dinner for 18 years. The attitude of my fellow inmates has improved along with the new and improved food. I have more energy and pep, and at the same time I’m lost that urge to stab my cellmate,who snores too much at night. Overall I’m happy with the menu changes and I’m glad the Prion is finally respecting my Vegan, Kosher meal choices.”

However, not everyone is exciting about the changes. Utah State Senator Quackenbush (not Gephardt Approved!), stated “the changes to the prison menu plan are outrageous. Who eats fruits and vegetables anyway? We should feed them McRib sandwiches all day, everyday.” Quackenbush added “Why do we always need to improve people’s lives? Why can’t we just help the corporations and rich folks that fund our campaigns? Corporations are people too.”

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