Police investigate Taylorsville carjacking, possible suspects

Police are looking for a suspect or suspects in a carjacking that took place Thursday morning, Nov. 16, 2017, in Taylorsville. The vehicle was later located in West Jordan, but the suspects crashed into a front yard following a brief pursuit and then fled on foot. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

WEST JORDAN, Utah, Nov. 17, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Police are looking for a suspect or suspects in a carjacking that took place Thursday morning in Taylorsville.

Unified Police Lt. Mark Olsen said the vehicle was stolen under strong-arm circumstances. The owner saw two men taking his car and attempted to intervene.

“It ended up in a fist fight,” Olsen said.

The car was later spotted by UPD officers from the Taylorsville precinct, and the vehicle fled. A brief pursuit ensued, but officers terminated it for safety reasons.

Late Thursday night, officers found the car in West Jordan, and a short pursuit was initiated, Olsen said. Officers laid spikes in every direction the vehicle could travel, and after the tires were spiked, the driver either “dumped or crashed (the vehicle) in a front yard” in West Jordan.

Two adult male suspects fled on foot, Olsen said, adding that it isn’t known for sure if they are the ones who stole the car and assaulted its owner, or if they came into possession of the car later.

A containment area was established, and a K-9 officer was brought in as well as a helicopter to aid in the search, but the suspects were not found.

“Carjacking is a serious offense,” Olsen said, “and anyone willing to use force to take someone’s property is a big concern for us.”

Anyone who has any information about this incident is asked to call Unified Police at 801-743-7000.


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