Update: Unified Police locate man wanted after death of teen girl

David Oliver Glatzer. Photo Courtesy: Salt Lake County

MIDVALE, Utah, Dec. 10, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A man wanted for manslaughter after the death of a 16-year-old girl in 2016 has been arrested in Midvale.

David Oliver Glatzer, 42, was arrested Sunday by Unified Police Department, following a traffic stop at 844 E. North Union Ave., according to a probable cause statement from the 3rd District Court of Salt Lake City.

The statement said Glatzer was arrested at 8:45 p.m. and is facing a charge of class A misdemeanor failure to stop at the command of a law enforcement officer in connection with the traffic stop.

The statement by the arresting officer said: “When he saw me approaching him in my patrol vehicle, he spontaneously fled on foot. I began chasing David south from my location to a canal service road, yelling at David, ‘Stop! Police!’ He ran east on the canal service road. I followed him another 75-100 yards on the canal service road, yelling at David to
stop. His running was labored, and he dropped to his knees, and then to a prone position in the dirt. I stayed with him until other officers arrived. He was taken into custody following the foot pursuit, and failing to comply with lawful orders to stop.”

Glatzer, of South Salt Lake, is already facing charges on suspicion of:

  • Manslaughter, a second-degree felony
  • Endangerment of a child, a third-degree felony
  • Unlawful sexual conduct with a 16- or 17-year-old, intercourse, a third-degree felony

According to a previous probable cause statement, Glatzer called 911 on Nov. 13, 2016, about a 16-year-old girl who was not breathing. The girl, identified in court papers as J.P., was dead.

After initially telling officers he didn’t know how J.P. got in his house, Glatzer then said he let her in and she became unconscious. After being read his Miranda rights, Glatzer told police he had met J.P. on TRAX a day earlier, and they had ridden around, then came to his residence, where they smoked heroin and had sex.

“Glatzer said that he had to show J.P. how to prepare the heroin to smoke it,” the probable cause statement says. “Glatzer also told detectives he had given J.P. three 800 mg tablets of gabapentin during the night ‘to relax her.'”

Gabapentin is a prescription drug used to treat seizures, nerve pain and some anxiety disorders.

“Glatzer said he then had sex with J.P.,” the statement said. “Later, J.P became ill and vomited and he put her to bed.”

Glatzer told investigators that at about 5:30 or 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 13, 2018, “he found J.P. ‘turning blue and not breathing.’ Glatzer did not call for help for approximately two hours, instead putting J.P in a cold shower to revive her.”

A forensic toxicologist determined that the gabapentin found in J.P.’s blood was about seven times the amount Glatzer had admitted to giving her, and that alone could have been fatal. In addition, the amount of heroin in her system had increased the chance of J.P.’s death, the expert said.

DNA tests also confirmed Glatzer had sex with the teen. Glatzer was 40 at the time of the incident.

The area in Murray where David Oliver Glatzer was arrested. Image: Google Maps

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