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Robber wrestles gun from Salt Lake County homeowner, flees with it

Published August 13, 2013 3:45 pm

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A homeowner and robber both escaped serious injury during a tussle inside a Kearns residence on Tuesday.

Unified police Detective Jared Richardson said the homeowner heard someone about 1:30 p.m. upstairs in his home near 4300 West and 5940 South, grabbed a semi-automatic handgun and headed up to investigate.

Richardson said the man encountered a robber in the front room taking apart electronics.

The two then had an argument, which escalated into a physical confrontation. Ultimately, the homeowner ended up on the ground with the suspect on top of him, Richardson said.

At that point, Richardson said the homeowner fired his gun, but missed the suspect. The suspect then grabbed the gun and fled.

Police said they're looking for a Latino in his early 20s, about 5 feet10 inches tall with a slender build. He was wearing khaki pants, a black button up shirt and had a short buzz cut and possibly a mustache.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 801-743-7075.

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