CEDAR CITY, Utah, Sept. 9, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — A suspect has been arrested in the death of a 37-year-old Cedar City man, who was killed in a hit-and-run incident on Monday.
The victim’s name has not yet been released, pending notification of next of kin.
The man was hit while walking in the parking lot of a Cedar City Home Depot. Police said evidence suggested the victim was struck intentionally.
The man arrested Wednesday is 25-year-old Jacob Schmidt, also of Cedar City.
“Officers arrived on scene and provided medical help to the victim before EMS arrived on scene,” a statement from the Cedar City Police Department says. “The victim was transported to the Cedar City Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.”
The suspect was driving a silver/gray older model Dodge Stratus with no license plate, and missing a hubcap on the rear passenger side wheel, the CCPD statement says.
“On Sept. 8, 2020, the vehicle was reported by a citizen as abandoned just west of Cedar City on a dirt road, hidden behind a tree,” the department says in a statement released Wednesday. “Investigators gathered evidence and information from witnesses, and the vehicle that led to the identity of the suspect — 25-year-old Jacob Schmidt, a Cedar City resident.
“On Sept. 9, 2020, Jacob was taken into custody during a traffic stop. Jacob was booked into the Iron County Jail and charged with murder, a first-degree felony.
“The Cedar City Police Department would like to extend its sympathies to the victim’s family for their loss,” the CCPD statement says. “We would also like to thank everyone that has provided us with tips and information.”