SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake man who police say went on a 12-hour crime spree now faces several criminal charges.
George DeLeon, 26, was charged Tuesday in 3rd District Court with two counts of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; aggravated assault, a third-degree felony; and assault against a police officer, a class A misdemeanor.
DeLeon's alleged series of crimes began about 12:20 a.m. Friday at an Exxon gas station, 4700 S. 3577 West. DeLeon threatened a female employee with a screwdriver and demanded her car keys, according to charging documents. He took her keys but the car wouldn't start, and he walked away, police say.
DeLeon is then accused of going to the parking lot at Planet Fitness, 1836 W. 5400 South, at 4:30 a.m. and approaching a car with a man sleeping in the driver's seat waiting for the business to open. DeLeon knocked on the man's window. When the man rolled the window down, DeLeon "stabbed him in the right hand and shoulder," the charges state.
Charges say the man got out of his car and DeLeon took off in it. The car was found abandoned and still running in a 7-Eleven parking lot, 3180 W. 5400 South.Comment on this story
Just after noon, DeLeon approached a man at a park near 5200 South and 2700 West and "punched him in the back," the charges state, and then stabbed him twice in the back. When the victim turned around, DeLeon was holding a screwdriver in each hand, according to police.
Officers spotted DeLeon walking near 3200 West and 4900 South. As an officer attempted to stop him, DeLeon punched the officer in the face, breaking his glasses, the charges state.
A motive for the attacks or whether DeLeon was under the influence at the time was not immediately known.
Court records show DeLeon has a criminal history involving mainly drug-related offenses.