A man police had sought in connection with a Murray kidnapping last week was caught after a chase that ended in his attempted kidnapping of an elderly Murray man Monday, police said.
The suspect, who police have called a "violent gang member," was the focus of a kidnapping investigation last Thursday, when the suspect's girlfriend was reported missing. She was eventually found and refused to file charges against him, said Murray Police Sgt. Terry Steed.About 6:15 p.m. Monday, off-duty Murray police officer Joe Sutera and his wife spotted the suspect's vehicle near Future Shop (5790 S. Redwood Road). Though Thursday's kidnapping charges had been dropped, the officer discovered the man also had nearly $100,000 in felony warrants from various law enforcement agencies. Sutera alerted police dispatch and tried to apprehend the suspect.
At that point, Steed said the suspect pulled into the parking lot near Future Shop and fled on foot. Because Sutera was off-duty, he did not have his uniform or portable police radio with him when he began his pursuit. So his wife, who works at Valley Emergency Communications Center, manned the police radio in the patrol car, relaying incident information to other responding officers.
Steed said the suspect ran through a nearby department store, east up the westbound I-215 offramp, and down into a residential neighborhood. He then jumped a fence into the back yard of an elderly man near the 5800 block at about 1400 West, and accosted the man as he sat on his porch.
"Essentially, he kidnapped the guy," Steed said. "The suspect attempted to use the gentleman as a shield to prevent him from being taken into custody."
Steed said the man also said he was armed as he held the man hostage. However, confronted by officers with weapons drawn, the man eventually complied and was taken into custody. No weapons were found, and the elderly man was not seriously injured, Steed said.
About a dozen officers engaged in the chase, Steed said, responding jointly from Murray police and the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Department.