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 Sought for Security Camera Vandalism in Salt Lake City

video camera vandalism

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In a random act of vandalism, a man destroyed a security camera in a parking garage. The Salt Lake City Police Department is hoping the public will be able to help identify the man.

Take THAT, Stupid Security Camera

According to a report from KSL News, the vandalism occurred on Saturday, Nov. 8, when a man entered the parking garage of the Salt Palace Convention Center. Apparently practicing for when he’s rich and famous and has to fend off the paparazzi—or outright assault them, like celebrities Alec Baldwin or Sam Worthington—the man punched a security camera off the wall, then proceeded to pick it up and throw it to the ground.

Even though police don’t know his identity, they know what the suspect looks like. Before being assaulted, the video camera was able to grab an image of him. He is described as being white, approximately six-feet tall and 200 pounds. Police are guessing his age to be in his twenties.

At Least it was just Vandalism

When the man is caught, he will be lucky not to be Alec Baldwin or Sam Worthington. Well, at least as far as criminal charges are concerned. The vandalism charges in this case would most likely be less than assault charges.

According to Utah Code 76-6-106, vandalism is considered “criminal mischief.” Vandalism ranges from a class B misdemeanor, resulting in up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000, up to a second degree felony, resulting in up to fifteen years in prison and a fine up to $15,000. The different levels are based on the following criteria:

  • if the vandalism occurred to “critical infrastructure” such as information, transportation, banking or public utilities
  • if it is insurance fraud
  • if it endangered life
  • the value of the property

For example, a second degree felony results when a person “recklessly causes or threatens a substantial interruption or impairment of any critical infrastructure” or if the property damaged is over $5,000 in value. The lowest conviction, the class B misdemeanor, results when someone’s actions endanger human health or safety (but not life) or if the property is less than $500 in value.

Vandalism, or criminal mischief, has a wide range of interpretation and potential subsequent punishments. If you or someone you know has been charged with criminal mischief, make sure to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who will look out for your best interests.

Police Suspect BYU Student of Manufacturing Drugs

BYU Student Manufacturing Drugs

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A small apartment fire near BYU led two roommates to contact the police after what they found in their other roommate’s room. The roommate had apparently been manufacturing drugs, specifically methamphetamine, in his room. The roommate is still being sought for questioning.

Breaking Bad at Brigham Young

According to a report from KSL News, the catalyst to the discovery that the roommate was manufacturing drugs was a fire in the suspect’s room on Thursday, Nov. 6. Two of the roommates helped the suspect, a student of Brigham Young University, put out the fire, one he claimed was started by accidentally spilling some rubbing alcohol. The suspect left later that night, stating he was going to visit a friend in the hospital.

One of the roommates who helped the suspect put out the fire, Nicholas Zarate, told police he was curious about the extent of the damage caused by the fire and picked the lock on the door. According to Provo Police Lt. Brandon Post, “At that point they saw suspicious glassware and chemicals and they contacted Riviera [Apartments] management.” Post called it a “fully operational” meth lab.

The Drug Enforcement Administration cleaned up the lab, and because the suspect had been manufacturing drugs, the Utah Department of Health quarantined the apartment. Post said the apartment would require an “extensive cleaning process” before it would be suitable for occupancy again.

The suspect never returned to the apartment. Police are treating him as a person of interest but as of Saturday had not issued a warrant for manufacturing drugs.

Manufacturing Drugs Punishment

According to the Utah Controlled Substances Act, Utah Code 58-37-8 “Prohibited Acts-Penalties,” manufacturing drugs in unlawful as “knowingly and intentionally; produce, manufacture, or dispense, or to possess with intent to produce, manufacture, or dispense, a controlled or counterfeit substance.”

The Act continues to list the penalties for manufacturing drugs, ranging from a class A misdemeanor to a first degree felony depending on the Schedule classification of the drug and whether it is a repeat offense. There are five Schedule classifications, with Schedule I being considered the most dangerous and addictive. Methamphetamines fall into Schedule II classification, which would result in a second degree felony, punishable by one to fifteen years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 (first degree felony if a repeat offense).

If you or someone you know has been charged with manufacturing drugs, make sure to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who will look out for your best interests.