Nationwide search underway for suspect in Utah pawnshop robbery where the clerk shot and killed one intruder

(Photo courtesy of Bountiful Police Department) Alexyanis Cutino Jimenez

Nearly a week after a Bountiful pawnshop clerk shot and killed one of two armed men who allegedly tried to rob the store, police have released the suspects’ identities.

Bountiful police said Thursday that 40-year-old Kleydys Arbolaez-Hernandez, of Denver, was killed during in the May 4 scuffle, and they are still searching for 30-year-old Alexyanis Cutino Jimenez.

Jimenez reportedly has ties to Texas and Florida, according to a news release from Bountiful police.

The two reportedly entered Bountiful Pawn, 135 S. 500 West, at about 10 a.m. May 4, armed with a handgun.

One of the men, reportedly Arbolaez-Hernandez, pointed the gun at a store clerk — the only employee in the shop at the time — and began ordering him to lay on the floor, while the second suspect, Jimenez, moved toward merchandise, the release said.

But while Arbolaez-Hernandez was distracted, police say, the clerk moved into a storage area and drew his own concealed weapon. The armed suspect pursued the clerk into the storage room, pointing the handgun at him, but the clerk fired at Arbolaez-Hernandez. The shots inflicted fatal wounds, and Arbolaez-Hernandez died at the scene.

(Photo courtesy of Bountiful Police Department) Kleydys Arbolaez-Hernandez

Jimenez fled the area and remains at-large. Jimenez is described as a Hispanic man, who is about 5-foot-6 and 140 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

Police believe Jimenez left Denver with Arbolaez-Hernandez on about May 1 to travel to Salt Lake City. A warrant related to an armed robbery in Oklahoma was issued for Jimenez’s arrest on Wednesday, police say, and he is being sought nationwide.

Neither suspect appears to have a criminal history in Utah.

Jimenez left the Bountiful area on May 4 driving a white 2005 Saturn Vue with Colorado license plate: BMT182, according to police.

Anyone with information on Jimenez’s whereabouts is warned not to approach him, but rather to call 911.

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