WEST VALLEY CITY, UTAH – August 13, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) – Three people who rammed a police car in a stolen vehicle, hit a civilian car and took police on a chase that ended with the suspects fleeing on foot with a machete, have been identified.
The driver, 25-year-old Felicia Losoy was originally identified as “Felicia Mendoza” at the scene. The passenger, 25-year-old Adrellita Alcon was also originally identified as “Andrellita Murphy” at the scene. Both were later found to have been lying about their names and their true identities were discovered by detectives. The third suspect is Marcelo Atencio, 27, who was allegedly in the backseat.
Unified Police Department Lt. Lex Bell said a detective in the Kearns area located a ’93 Honda Accord in the parking lot of Big Lots, 4041 W. 5415 South, that had been stolen out of Salt Lake City.
The vehicle had three people in it and she called for assistance. Unmarked vehicles and Kearns detectives arrived at the scene and detectives decided to try and box the stolen vehicle in. One detective pulled in front of the vehicle in an unmarked car and as he tried to approach the suspects, the Losoy pulled forward and rammed the side of his car. He was able to jump aside and was unhurt.
Both vehicles sustained damage and the stolen vehicle fled westbound on 5400 South. Officers were able to pursue the vehicle for a short distance but the suspects were driving dangerously and at accelerated speeds so they called off the pursuit.
A short time later, the stolen vehicle hit another car at 4700 W. 5400 South. The civilian inside was unhurt but the car sustained damage.
A West Valley City detective was scanning the radios and overheard the events occurring. He was able to locate the stolen car on 5600 West travelling northbound. The stolen vehicle had heavy front end damage and was losing fluids and smoking. He followed the car onto Highway 201 but then couldn’t see the direction the stolen vehicle went upon exiting on 3200 West, so called for additional resources.
The stolen vehicle was located abandoned at 2356 S. 2700 West, and West Valley City detectives found all three occupants around half a block away and took them into custody. Losoy could face charges including receiving/transferring a stolen vehicle, possessing a stolen vehicle, fleeing and potentially aggravated assault of a police officer.
Police are also investigating items of evidence that were found in the car and a machete that was found along their flight path, when they were running away. Carrying a machete is a misdemeanor if you are a felon, but not otherwise.
Lt. Bell said: “All things considered this turned out a lot better than it could have. We are grateful to West Valley City for their co-operation.”