SOUTH JORDAN — A man is in custody following a series of incidents — including an attempted carjacking, an auto-pedestrian accident and attempted break-ins at a car dealership — after police tracked him using a trail of his own blood.
The search for the suspect, a 41-year-old man from Ogden, began about 6:30 p.m. after South Jordan police received a call from a man and his wife who reported that a man had just opened the passenger door of their car and tried to pull the woman out, South Jordan Police Lt. Matt Pennington said. The husband was able to drive off, and both safely fled from the man.
Then, while responding to the attempted carjacking, "we get another call," Pennington said, from a man who said he had just been involved in an auto-pedestrian accident at 10800 South and Frontage Road.
"The guy says, 'This dude ran out in front of my car. I hit him. I don't know where he went. He took off,'" Pennington said. "So this guy gets hit by another car after he attempts to carjack the first car."
Police then received another call, this time from someone claiming that a man covered in blood had just handed him a dog on a leash.
"This caller says, 'This guy's covered in blood. I don't know what's going on,'" Pennington said.
Police then tracked the man by his "blood trail" from the auto-pedestrian accident, which lead them to an electrical shed that had been broken into, located in a field between the Frontage Road and Jordan Gateway in South Jordan, Pennington said.Comment on this story
"We then get a fourth call," he said, this one about a man breaking into cars at the Volkswagon dealership near 10900 South and Frontage Road.
With the help of Draper police and its K-9 unit, as well as Sandy police, the man was located at roughly 8 p.m., Pennington said.
The lieutenant said the man is currently in the hospital with injuries sustained in the auto-pedestrian crash.
"He appears to be intoxicated or having some type of episode, but we're not sure what that is," Pennington said, noting the incidents are still under investigation.