SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah, Feb. 3, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — A Salt Lake County man is facing a felony robbery charge after he allegedly tried to conceal a large can of beer in his pants at a convenience store.
A probable cause statement from the 3rd District Court of Salt Lake City said Carlos Jaime Garcia, 34, was arrested Friday and is facing one charge of robbery, a second-degree felony.
The arresting officer responded to a fight at Common Cents, at 726 N. Redwood Road, the statement said. Garcia had been advised by an employee that they would not sell him alcohol due to his already being intoxicated, and he was asked to leave the store.
“The A/P (accused person) walked back to the beer cooler and concealed a large can of Bud Light in his pants pocket,” the statement said. “The employee approached the A/P who began to physically fight with him, punching him multiple times in the face.”
A customer in the store stepped in to break up the fight.
“During the fight, the can of Bud Light was retrieved by the employee and the A/P left on foot after knocking over a couple of shelves of items. The customer who had assisted followed the A/P in his car and flagged down a Utah Highway Patrol trooper who stopped and detained the A/P. ”
Garcia was transported back to Common Cents, where the employee confirmed that this was the man who fought him. Surveillance footage at the store allegedly shows Garcia concealing the alcohol in his pocket before fighting with the employee.
He was transported to Salt Lake County Jail, where he is being held without bail.