OGDEN, Utah, Jan. 11, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — An Ogden man was arrested in the early hours of Monday after he allegedly stole an ambulance earlier this month.
A probable cause statement from the 2nd District Court of Weber County said Mitchell Bryce May, 28, is facing charges of:
- Theft of a firearm or operable vehicle, a second-degree felony
- Interfere with public servant, a class B misdemeanor
In the early hours of Jan. 3, officers responded to a vehicle theft at the Union Gardens apartments at 468 3rd St.
“Members of Ogden Fire advised that ambulance 3 had just been stolen as they had responded to the apartment complex on a medical problem,” the statement said. “Due to the original ambulance having been stolen Ogden Fire had to request a second ambulance to transport the patient to the hospital for treatment.”
The ambulance was recovered later that same day, abandoned in the area of 597 7th St.
“Video footage of the ambulance was obtained and provided still pictures of the suspect, who was observed as a white male with light brown hair, wearing a long sleeved shirt with a tank top over it that had the emblem of Metal Mulisha written on the front in white and black lettering,” the statement said.
Monday morning, two Ogden PD officers responded to a residence in the area of 1160 16th St. on a unrelated incident. May’s father reported he was being violent, the statement said.
During the course of the incident, May was taken into custody.
Upon booking May into the Weber County Correctional Facility, the arresting officer noticed he was wearing a gray tank top with Metal Mulisha, which is a clothing brand, written on the front in white and black letters similar to the tank top in an attempt-to-locate sent out by detectives investigating the ambulance case. The officer reopened the ATL and positively identified May as the male subject in the photos.
May was read his Miranda rights and agreed to speak with the officer.
“Mitchell was shown pictures from the incident and asked if the person in the photos were him,” the statement said. “Mitchell stated ‘that creeps the s— out of me.’ Mitchell was again asked if the person in the photo was him. Mitchell stated ‘that sure looks just like me.’ Mitchell stated ‘if it shows my face then it’s my fault.'”
May was asked where he parked the ambulance; he responded with the location at which the ambulance was found.
He was transported to Weber County Correctional Facility, where he is being held without bail.
A previous news release about the theft of the ambulance said: “Although the recovery was a success, the theft of the ambulance compromised patient care. The delay in patient care while waiting for a second ambulance to arrive could have had negative outcome for this patient in need.
“In addition, when a public safety vehicle is in public purview, it is understood that the driver and responders are trained public servants. Driving an emergency vehicle requires training and when driven improperly creates a dangerous situation for the unknowing citizens who share the roadway. Fortunately, the best possible outcome was realized.”