Suspect arrested following robbery at U.S. Bank inside Smith’s

John Dean. Photo Courtesy: Salt Lake County

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Jan. 7, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A suspect is facing a charge of second-degree felony robbery after he allegedly entered a U.S. Bank in Salt Lake City and said he would shoot the teller before receiving money and fleeing.

The incident occurred Friday at approximately 11:35 a.m., at the bank inside Smith’s at 1174 W. 600 North, the Salt Lake City Police Department said in a news release.

“The suspect entered the U.S. Bank branch located inside the store,” said a probable cause statement from Salt Lake City’s 3rd District Court.

“He wrote a note and gave the note to the teller. The note stated it was a robbery.” The suspect also allegedly stated he would shoot the teller.

The suspect, later identified as John Dean, 45, then allegedly left the bank and got into a taxi cab that left before officers arrived. Dean was identified as the robbery suspect by officers who after viewing the surveillance video still images recognized him from a previous call for service.

Dean was located in the Gateway Inn at 819 W. North Temple St, where he was arrested. After being read his Miranda rights, he stated he robbed the U.S. Bank because he wanted to get off the streets.

Dean was booked into Salt Lake County Jail with his bail set at $100,000.

The probable cause statement said the robbery was committed while the suspect was on probation or parole.

“The arrested party is currently on federal probation for a prior bank robbery,” it said.


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