The self-proclaimed leader of a local street gang, and a former Public Enemy No. 1, was arrested Thursday following a month-long search.
Steven Ray Villiard, 19, had more than $350,000 in arrest warrants for numerous crimes, including attempted murder and aggravated assault.
On May 17, Villiard and a woman were in the parking lot of Wal-Mart, near 7700 South and 3900 West, when Villiard fired three shots at a person he knew in another vehicle, according to police. No one was injured in the incident. The victim was able to identify Villiard.
"We have been chasing him for the past month. He has been constantly on the move," said West Jordan police Sgt. Greg Butler.
About 10 a.m. Thursday, members of the Salt Lake Metro Gang Unit and the Joint Criminal Apprehension Task Force received information that Villiard was at a residence near 4100 West and 6500 South. They found him at the house and arrested him without incident, Butler said. A handgun was also recovered, he said.
While being led by law enforcement into the Salt Lake County Jail, Villiard talked to Fox 13 about being on the run for a month, calling himself a "local celebrity, local hero if you will."
Villiard is a self-proclaimed gang leader hoping for street credibility, according to investigators. His gang, composed mostly of young, Caucasian men from West Jordan, have been responsible for several crimes throughout the valley, including the attempted stabbing of a convenience store clerk in Sandy.