Utah robbery suspects eventually escape the victim
Crime • Police believe suspects shot at and assaulted victim, but she was persistent.
Published: May 9, 2013 05:36PM
Updated: May 10, 2013 10:45AM

Sandy police are still looking for a male robbery suspect who they believe, along with a female accomplice, had quite a time shaking the victim.

Police filed a warrant last month in 3rd District Court to search a cell phone that might belong to one of the suspects and help lead investigators to them.

On April 4, the female victim contacted a male acquaintance of hers and arranged to shower at his hotel room at 7555 S. Union Park Ave., so she could be ready to pick up her child for school, according to the warrant. But when she arrived, another female started punching the victim in the head and upper body while the male accused her of stealing money from him, assaulted her and stole her purse, backpack and car keys, the search warrant adds.

As the assault went on, the female suspect pulled a handgun on the victim and fired in her direction, though the shot missed, according to the warrant. The two suspects then ran to the hotel parking lot and hopped in the victim’s white pick-up truck — but she was close behind.

As the man was driving out of the lot, she climbed into the bed of the truck “in an attempt to stay with her property,” according to the warrant.

The female suspect saw her, leaned out the passenger-side door and fired at her at least once — but didn’t hit her. The man kept driving around the hotel parking and the parking lots of nearby businesses, swerving violently to throw the victim out of the truck, the warrant adds.

Eventually the suspects stopped and the victim was physically removed from the truck and assaulted again by the duo.

“However, the victim continued to be persistent and she jumped into the bed of the truck again,” the warrant reads. But before the man drove off onto a main road, the victim decided to get out and call the police for help.

Officers searched the hotel room and found a cell phone, though it wasn’t immediately clear if it belongs to either suspect, according to the warrant. The victim said it wasn’t hers and believes it belongs to the man, the warrant adds.

The cell phone was taken as evidence and submitted to a computer forensics laboratory for analysis.

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