MANTI — A man that prosecutors say was involved in a multicounty crime spree —including an armed robbery, arson and high-speed chase — has been charged.
Jesus Emmanuel Carrasco, 18, of South Jordan, was charged Friday in Sanpete County's 6th District Court with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; theft, a second-degree felony; arson, a third-degree felony; and obstruction of justice, a class A misdemeanor.
An arrest warrant was issued for Carrasco on Friday. He is the third of three suspects believed to have committed a series of crimes earlier this month.
On Oct. 9, two men entered a Maverik, 381 S. State, in Mt. Pleasant, about 5:45 a.m., according to charging documents. One man was armed with a gun and the other with both a gun and knife, the charges state. Both men were wearing masks over their faces, dark clothing, hoodies and ball caps, according to court records.
One employee was ordered to the ground at gunpoint, and the other had a gun pressed against her chest as she was ordered to remove cash from the register, the charges state.
A short time later, dispatchers received a report of a car fire near 350 W. 100 South. Investigators later determined the car — stolen out of Springville — was used by the suspects to flee the gas station before being abandoned and set on fire, according to charging documents.
Then police in Ephraim received reports of multiple vehicle burglaries at an apartment complex in addition to a car being stolen from the parking lot, the charges state. Detectives believe the same men may be responsible. Three rifles and a knife were among the items stolen from the vehicles, the charges state.
That stolen vehicle from Ephraim was later involved in a high-speed chase in Utah County before being found abandoned in Springville.
One of three men believed to be involved was arrested.
Luis David Cuevas, 18, of Payson, claimed he was forced to go along with the other two suspects, who were brothers.Comment on this story
"He stated he had to do it or it was his life. He stated he was in debt for his drug habit," according to charging documents.
Cuevas was charged Oct. 11 in 6th District Court with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; four counts of theft, a second-degree felony; arson, a third-degree felony; two counts of burglary of a vehicle, a class A misdemeanor; and obstruction of justice, a class A misdemeanor. A preliminary hearing in that case is scheduled for Nov. 1.
The third suspect is the 17-year-old brother of Carrasco, according to court documents. It was not known Friday if the juvenile had been charged.