Suspect arrested after carjacking, robbery, chase, Tasing in St. George

Trayvin Bruce Jensen. Photo: Washington County

ST. GEORGE, Utah, July 10, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A 28-year-old man was booked into jail in Washington County Tuesday after St. George Police say he threatened a woman with a knife, stole her SUV, then drove it to a nearby Chevron to rob the gas station.

The suspect, Trayvin Bruce Jensen, is charged with:

  • Two counts of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony
  • Theft, a second-degree felony
  • Two counts of failure to stop or respond at the command of police, one a third-degree felony and the other a class A misdemeanor
  • Interference with an arresting officer, a class B misdemeanor
  • Use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor

A statement from the St. George Police Department says the incident began at 12:44 a.m. Tuesday.

“Officers responded to S. Bloomington Drive on a car jacking incident,” it says. “The victim was held at knife point and her 2016 charcoal colored Buick Enclave was stolen.”

“A male wearing a striped gray hoodie, dark baggy pants, and dark shoes, later identified as Trayvin Jensen, approached the pair and asked for the keys to the car. The The victim refused and Jensen pulled a silver knife out of his pocket, pointed it towards the victim, and threatened the victim. The victim surrendered the keys and Jensen left in the Buick.”

Shortly afterward, a robbery was reported at a nearby Chevron station.

“The description provided by the clerk matched the description of the male (Jensen) who had stolen the Buick earlier, including his physical characteristics and clothing,” the statement says.

“The suspect (Jensen) approached the cashier at the register demanding money from the cash register, while making motions implying he had a gun, or weapon, in his possession. Jensen made threats to harm the cashier, who provided Jensen with money from the till. Jensen left in a dark colored SUV. “

Jensen and the SUV were located by officers from the Washington City Police Department at a McDonalds in that city. Officers attempted to stop Jensen, and he led them on a chase that reached 90 mph, the probable cause statement says.

The suspect jumped out of the moving vehicle in the area of 2700 E. Riverside Drive, St. George. He fled on foot, and officers chased him.

“After climbing two walls, the suspect was eventually Tased, and he fell into a small swimming pool,” the probable cause statement says.

Jensen was handcuffed and taken into custody. The SUV owner and her relative confirmed they recognized Jensen as the carjacker. Cash and a blue bandanna reported stolen from the Chevron station were found in the SUV, the statement says.

“During the interview, Trayvin admitted to most of the reported actions from the incident,” the probable cause statement says. “Trayvin also wrote an apology letter for the victim, and apologized for his actions. After the interview, Trayvin was transported nonstop to Purgatory (Correctional Facility) without incident.”

Jensen will also face charges from the Washington City Police Department and the Department of Adult Probation and Parole, the police statement said.


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