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Bank robbed, police Taser the wrong guy

Published January 19, 2007 3:17 pm

Cops plan to arrest him anyway; say he was belligerent
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Posted: 3:17 PM- Salt Lake City police on Friday fired a Taser at a bank robbery suspect.

It was the wrong man.

But officers plan to arrest him anyway. They say he was being belligerent and threatening to officers.

"He's the one that escalated the situation to the point where they had to use force on him," said police spokesman Jeff Bedard. About 9:45 a.m., a man robbed and ran out of a Zions Bank branch at 1420 S. 300 West.

Near 800 South and 250 West, police found a man matching the description of the bank robber.

The man did not respond to the officer's orders, was hostile and made verbal threats of physical harm against the police. One of the officers deployed his Taser to subdue the man.

Officers later determined the man was not the robber. Bedard said the man went to a hospital and is OK.

Bedard declined to release the man's name.

Police likely will ask the city attorney to file charges against the man for his alleged belligerence and threats, Bedard said.

Meanwhile, police are still seeking the bank robber, who was last seen leaving the bank on foot, traveling west. The bandit is described as Caucasian, in his early- to mid-30s, about 5 feet 10 to 6 feet tall, with a medium build, unshaven face, and wearing a blue plaid shirt and a solid-blue hooded sweatshirt, light-colored jeans and black boots. ncarlisle@sltrib.com" Target="_BLANK">ncarlisle@sltrib.com