TAYLORSVILLE, Utah, Jan. 5, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Police took a man into custody late Friday morning after they say he used a screwdriver to stab a man and steal his car, then used a screwdriver to stab a second man about six hours later.
Neither victim was seriously injured or required hospitalization. The second man was just walking in a park with his dog and was not robbed.
Now in custody is 26-year-old George Deleon, said Lt. Brian Lohrke, Unified Police Department.
The first call came in at about 4:30 a.m. and involved a victim who had dozed off while awaiting the opening of the Planet Fitness at 1836 W. 5400 South, Taylorsville.
“”He was asleep in his car when another male walked up to the car in a black sweater, opened the driver’s door, produced a screwdriver, and stabbed the driver of the vehicle and ordered him out of the car,” Lohrke said.
“Luckily, the driver didn’t sustain any serious injuries from that, but the suspect did steal his car.”
An attempt to locate was put out on the suspect and the car, a 2012 Ford Mustang. A second call about a stabbing with a screwdriver came in at about 11:30 a.m. Police were called to a park at 5200 South and 2700 West.
“A citizen was walking his dog, was approached by the same male, produced a screwdriver, attempted to stab him,” Lohrke said. “Again, the victim did not sustain any serious injuries.”
A search of the area turned up the suspect at 4960 South and 3260 West.
“A short foot chase ensued, and we were able to take the suspect into custody,” Lorke said.
The Ford Mustang was found parked at a nearby 7-Eleven.
Deleon was interviewed by detectives and was expected to be booked into jail on two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated robbery and resisting arrest.
“It is a weird one,” Lohrke said. “This one is definitely a strange random act. We are trying to find the motive on this one.”
Lohrke said Deleon is well know to the criminal justice system and has a long criminal history that filled up a two-page printout. It included multiple drug arrests, he said.