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Man crashes car in Taylorsville trying to retaliate against robbers

By Kimball Bennion

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Sep 08 2012 08:30 pm • Last Updated Dec 25 2012 11:31 pm

A robbery victim in Taylorsville who tried to dispense some vigilante justice after getting robbed by two strangers, wound up crashing his car through a cement wall early Saturday morning.

Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said the 30-year-old man was robbed after two men in a car approached him outside of a nightclub at 3900 W. 5900 South and asked if he wanted to hang out. The man obliged and followed them with his own car to the Autumn Glen apartments, 5490 S. 3910 West.

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While waiting in the parking lot, one of the men got out of the other car and robbed the victim at gunpoint, taking all of his money and some personal property, Hoyal said.

Police say the man then decided to ram the suspects’ vehicle with his car. He succeeded, sending the alleged robbers’ car into another parked car, but he was going so fast that his car bounced off and hit a concrete wall. The victim then got out and chased one of the suspects, but eventually lost him. He then went back into the nightclub and asked someone to call the police. No major injuries were reported.

Hoyal said one of the suspects, a 23-year-old, was found by patrol officers nearby and arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery. The man’s 31-year-old sister, who was inside an apartment where police did a search and found the victim’ belongings, was arrested on suspicion of obstruction of justice. The other suspect is still at large.

"We do know who that suspect is and we are looking for him," Hoyal said.


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