Salt Lake County Jail
David Hamson

TAYLORSVILLE — Things didn't go exactly as planned for an alleged bank robber in Taylorsville Thursday.

Just before 5:30 p.m., a man entered America First Credit Union, 2715 W. 5400 South, claimed to have a gun and demanded money from two tellers, said Unified Police Lt. Brian Lohrke.

After the man received an undisclosed amount of cash in a bag, he ran out to his car, which was stolen. But when he got there, he realized he had left the keys on the counter inside the bank, Lohrke said.

The man then attempted to run off, but his money bag snagged on something and ripped. Money then started flying out of his bag, Lohrke said. Witnesses saw the man running and directed police officers to where he was last spotted.

Police arrested David Hamson, 39, a short time later in a neighborhood just west of the bank. Lohrke said a "good portion" of the money was recovered, but investigators believe some of the money went down a storm drain.

Hamson was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of aggravated robbery. He is also "a known suspect in bank robberies which have occurred in West Valley City and Salt Lake City," according to a jail report, and has several outstanding warrants.

Hamson has an extensive criminal background, according to court and jail documents.

"David fled from South Salt Lake Police Department on (Wednesday). David caused a traffic accident while fleeing and was not taken into custody," the report states.

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He was also booked into jail on Jan. 3 for investigation of having a stolen vehicle, drug distribution, drug possession and theft. In that incident, Hamson was spotted in a stolen vehicle in the parking lot of Wal-Mart, 5469 S. Redwood Road, with a meth pipe and stolen checks taken from another stolen vehicle, according to a jail report. He was charged in 3rd District Court with three felonies for that case on Jan. 9 and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Hamson's extensive criminal history includes multiple cases of theft, robbery, assault and drug-related crimes, according to court records.