Man arrested in connection with robbery at West Valley City 7-Eleven

West Valley City police investigators on the scene of an armed robbery at the 7-11 store located at 4700 South 3990 West, Friday, May 10, 2019. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, May 20, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A man has been arrested in connection with a robbery at a West Valley City 7-Eleven on May 10.

West Valley City Police Lt. Shane Matheson told Gephardt Daily the robbery occurred about 12:40 a.m. when two suspects entered the store at 4700 South 3898 West and demanded cash and cigarettes.

Matheson said the robbers were making their getaway when one of them turned and fired a single shot into the ceiling.

A probable cause statement from the Third District Court in Salt Lake County said Semaj Dashawn Andre Davis, 19, is facing two charges of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony. Davis was transported to the Salt Lake County Jail, where his bail has been set at $100,000.

“The 7-Eleven was held up by two suspects captured on video, one of which stole beer as the other suspect took cash and fired off a gunshot in the store,” the probable cause statement said. “Through investigation Semaj Davis was identified as the male who stole beer.”

Davis was interviewed Thursday and after being read his Miranda rights, “admitted he was the suspect who took beer during the robbery.”

He also told officials about the robbery of a gun which occurred on May 9 in the evening. He said the firearm was stolen from a person in Millcreek that was selling it on Snapchat.

“Davis matched the description of the second suspect who pulled a gun on the victim and told him if he didn’t give the firearm for sale to his partner, he would shoot him, while he held a black handgun,” the statement said.

Davis gave officers more details about the robberies and the other suspect, who he said is a juvenile. It’s not clear whether that juvenile is in custody at this time.

Davis committed the felony while he was out on probation for another armed robbery, the statement said.

As Gephardt Daily reported previously, after the robbery of the 7-Eleven, the men ran from the store and headed south into the neighborhood before firing a few more shots as they disappeared into the shadows, according to West Valley City police officials.

K-9 units were called in as police set up containment, but ultimately came up empty.

Investigators say it’s unclear if the men had a getaway vehicle parked in the area or if they lived in the neighborhood and ran to one of the houses.


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