A man arrested following a high-speed chase and crash in Salt Lake County earlier this week is now being looked at by a couple of agencies in the valley as a possible suspect in previous crimes.
On Tuesday, a Cricket store at 2495 S. Redwood Road was robbed at gunpoint. Police spotted the man a short time later and a chase ensued, reaching speeds of 105 mph on I-215 on the west side. Near the 2200 North off-ramp, the driver attempted to exit but then jumped right back on the freeway, said West Valley police Capt. Tom McLachlan.
A pursuing officer performed a pit maneuver, clipping the fleeing vehicle's rear panel and causing it to spin out and crash into a concrete barricade. The freeway was shut down for a short time while detectives investigated the accident and cleaned up the road.
Robert Durazo, 26, was taken to the hospital for minor injuries before being booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of aggravated robbery and fleeing. He was charged Thursday in 3rd District Court with identical violations.
McLachlan said Durazo also is being looked at as a suspect in at least five robberies in West Valley City alone over the past year and a half. Salt Lake police confirm they also are looking at Durazo as a possible suspect in connection with robberies in their area.
A check of court records shows a fairly lengthy criminal history for Durazo, including multiple convictions for illegally carrying a concealed weapon and retail theft.