Witnesses: 3 killed in methodical, room-to-room shooting spree
The suspect in a triple-homicide shooting spree at a Midvale house earlier this week allegedly went from room to room, methodically and perhaps selectively gunning down his victims.
Fresques was nabbed about 8 p.m. after the stolen pickup truck he was driving collided with a parked car near 3700 South and 300 East in South Salt Lake.
Fresques sparked the investigating officer's suspicions by acting "very nervous," and giving a false name, said South Salt Lake police spokesman Gary Keller in a news release. The officer requested additional help and was able to keep Fresques calm until backup arrived.
"As the driver's false information began to unravel and his true identity was revealed ... Fresques was safely taken into custody and handcuffed without incident," Keller said.
Fresques was interviewed by Unified Police Department detectives and booked into Salt Lake County jail on suspicion of one count of aggravated murder, two counts of murder, one count of attempted aggravated murder, one count of aggravated burglary and one count of possession of a firearm by a restricted person.
Fresques, who was not armed when arrested, had been on the run since Tuesday morning after he allegedly shot and killed a man and two women at a Midvale home at 8286 South Adams Street (450 West), described by UPD as a known drug house.
UPD late Wednesday identified the three people killed in the shooting as Omar Paul Jarman, 35, Shontay Nichole Young, 34, and Danielle Beatrice Lucero, 26.
A fourth person, a woman, also was shot and was in serious condition Thursday at an unspecified hospital.
Four other people in the home Jose Fernando Garcia, 38, two other males and a female were uninjured. Residents Garcia and Esther Arrendondo, were facing eviction from the home, according court records.
According to a jail probable-cause statement, Fresques known by the street moniker "Twisted" had arrived at the Midvale house early Tuesday morning and gotten into an altercation over an unspecified issue with "one of his associates." A witness told police that Fresques pulled a gun and started shooting.
A witness said he "opened the door to a room where a female and [the witness] were and shot her with a firearm. A witness heard more gunshots from inside the residence" as Fresques allegedly went from room to room and continued firing.
Fresques was identified by the survivors after police showed them a photo lineup, the statement says.
Early Thursday, Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder said Fresques was being "extremely uncooperative" with detectives. The search continued for a second male suspect, the sheriff said.
Winder cautioned that while the second suspect remained at large, Fresques' arrest "does not at all resolve this case." He had little information on the second suspect other than he was a male associate of Fresques and was believed to have been at the scene of the shootings.
Winder said he was nonetheless relieved to have Fresques "off the streets. [He is] an extremely dangerous individual [who allegedly] played a very active part in this tragedy."
Winder cautioned, too, about simply characterizing the slayings as a drug deal gone bad. "This is a complicated triple homicide, almost a quadruple homicide [and] we're still looking at what the motive might be and specifically what occurred."
Fresques has a long criminal record, having been sent to Utah State Prison in 2008 for one to 15 years in a robbery case. He was paroled in July 2010 but was returned to prison on a parole violation. He was most recently paroled in November, according to parole authorities.
On the day of the shooting, prosecutors in 3rd District Court filed a third-degree felony charge of unlawful possession of another's identification and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor, against Lucero. Court documents allege that Lucero and another man were inside a car using heroin in West Valley City earlier this month and that Lucero had identification cards belonging to four other women.
Lucero had been scheduled to make an initial appearance on the charges Thursday.
Utah court records for Young show that she had pleaded guilty to a handful of misdemeanors, including attempted forgery, shoplifting and disorderly conduct between 2006 and 2010, but had no cases pending.
Jarman's criminal record dates back to 1999, and in addition to a number of traffic violations, domestic violence and child-support issues, includes felony drug possession and distribution counts.
On Jan. 28, a 3rd District judge had issued an arrest warrant for Jarman after he failed to appear in court on a charge of third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance.
That case stemmed from a Jan. 7 traffic stop in Salt Lake County in which Jarman consented to a search and the officer found a baggie of a substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, according to charging documents. The stop was in the area of 7200 South and State Street, about a mile from the scene of Tuesday's shooting.
Unified Police Department spokesman Lt. Justin Hoyal urged anyone with information about this case to call UPD at 801-743-5851.