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Carjacking suspects nabbed in Millcreek area after chase

Published October 5, 2012 1:58 pm

Driver of stolen Porsche reached speeds of about 120 mph on freeway.
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Two suspects in an armed carjacking were taken into custody Friday afternoon after leading police on a chase through Salt Lake City streets, then onto the freeway, where the wanted men reached speeds of about 120 mph in the stolen Porsche.

The suspects, ages 24 and 28, were arrested about 1:45 p.m. after dumping the stolen car near 3100 South and 700 East, said Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal.

One man was found hiding behind a shed, the other was arrested after a foot chase that ended when officers used a Taser to subdue him.

Hoyal said the incident began about 9:18 a.m. near 4600 South and Highland Drive.

"The victim pulled into the parking lot of the business where he worked. A white pickup pulled in behind him, a passenger got out, confronted him with a handgun. The suspect demanded his car, keys and phone," Hoyal said.

The driver complied and was not injured, watching as the thief — followed by the pickup — sped away southbound on Highland Drive in the gray sports car.

Multiple Utah police agencies were on the lookout for the carjacker and his accomplice.

At about 12:45 p.m., a tipster steered police to 200 West and Paxton Avenue (1180 South) in Salt Lake City, and more than a dozen Unified Police and Salt Lake City police units converged on the area.

When an officer spotted the car, the suspects led police on a chase along city streets before they entered Interstate 15 at 1300 South, then headed east on I-80, where they reached speeds of about 120 mph, Hoyal said.

The Porsche exited I-80 at 1300 East, then headed south toward the Brickyard area.

Officers found the car abandoned at about 1:20 p.m., the surrounded the area and searched until they flushed out the two suspects.

Hoyal said the men face possible charges of aggravated robbery, fleeing and possession of a stolen vehicle.

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