Update: Suspect arrested after West Valley City bank robbery

Reyley Dean Johnson. Photo Courtesy: Salt Lake County

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, Nov. 12, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A suspect has been arrested after the robbery of a West Valley City Zions Bank at gunpoint Wednesday evening.

A probable cause statement issued by the 3rd District Court in Salt Lake City said Reyley Dean Johnson, 27, was booked into Salt Lake County Jail on two counts of first-degree felony aggravated robbery and one count of third-degree felony possession of forgery writing/device.

The incident took place at the bank at 2950 W. 3500 South Nov. 7 just before 6 p.m., the probable cause statement said.

“Reyley approached two employees pointing what appears to be a handgun with a gray slide and black handle,” the statement said. “While pointing the handgun towards each employee, Reyley demanded all monies from the employees’ immediate area. During an interview, one of the employees explained that she saw the handgun and dropped to the ground in fear, believing she might be injured.”

The security cameras from the bank are high definition and very clear, the statement said.

“The suspect clearly has an identifiable skull tattoo on his right hand and a second tattoo on his neck,” the statement goes on.

Photos of the suspect were provided to the media by the FBI and numerous anonymous tips were received.

On Friday, a person who saw the media coverage spotted Johnson at a McDonald’s and called police, the probable cause statement said.

“Upon police arrival, Reyley was wearing the same black hoodie and gray shoes as he was wearing during the robbery and as shown on the security footage,” the statement said. “When comparing the tattoos on the security footage with the tattoos on Reyley’s hands and neck, they are the same. When comparing high definition color photographs from the security footage against Reyley, he is clearly the suspect.”

During a search of Johnson’s person after the arrest, a fraudulent $100 bill was located in his pocket.

Johnson has a violent criminal history from Wyoming including weapon offenses, the statement said.

His bail has been set at $100,000, officials said.


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