WHITE CITY, Utah, May 22, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — The Unified Police Department has a suspect in custody after what officers are describing an “overnight rampage” that caused “hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage” to three Clay City residences, and to a UPD Substation.
Police say another home, in Millcreek, was burglarized in a related case.
Philip G. Deluca, 33, was arrested after several incidents early Sunday morning, according to a UPD statement.
● UPD responded to incident at 1:23 a.m. Sunday, at 960 E. Silica Dr., White City.
The UPD statement said the suspect backed into two vehicles in the driveway, and then backed into the front porch of the residence.
The home owner come to the front door after hearing the crash and was hit with debris when the porch was rammed. A child sleeping on a couch in the front room was uninjured, but the couch was moved by the wall being pushed in.
The suspect fled the scene.
● The second incident occurred as UPD was receiving the information from the first. The suspect’s vehicle reportedly backed into a vehicle in the driveway at 9634 S. Poppy Lane, Clay City. The suspect then left the scene.
● The third incident was at 1100 E. Galena Drive, White City, where the suspect reportedly hit and damaged a tree.
● The Unified Police Department broadcast a vehicle description of the suspect’s vehicle. Before the driver could be located, the UPD statement said he rammed the southeast corner of the Unified Police Department Substation in Cottonwood Heights, reportedly causing thousands of dollars worth of damage before leaving the scene.
The UPD is investigating whether an additional hit and run in Cottonwood Heights, handled by the CHPD, may have been related.
A Utah Highway Patrol Trooper located the suspect’s vehicle, a blue 2006 Chevrolet Duramax 4-door truck, abandoned on I-215 East belt route.
● At 3:30 a.m. Sunday, the Unified Police Department responded to 4375 S. Zarahemla Dr., Millcreek, after receiving a burglary-in-progress call.
The UPD statement says that Deluca had forced entry into the residence and was beating a victim, a longtime business associate of Deluca, with a blunt weapon.
The victim fought back, and with help from his wife and daughter, was able to subdue Deluca until UPD officers arrived to take him into custody.
The victim was treated at an area hospital for facial lacerations. Deluca also was transported to a hospital with injuries received during the burglary.
Deluca will be booked into jail on charges of aggravated burglary upon release from the hospital, the UPD statement said.
More charges are anticipated as investigators piece together information from all the incidents, the statement added.