WEST VALLEY CITY — Two people have been arrested in connection with the case of a man who thought he was meeting a woman in a parking lot but instead was carjacked, according to police.
Reyna Pinedo Ortiz, and Shanece Isabella Hayes, both 24, were arrested and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail. By Friday afternoon, both had been formally charged in 3rd District Court with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony. Hayes additionally was charged with two counts of drug possession, a class A misdemeanor; and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor.
About 5 a.m. Tuesday, a man met a woman on a social media app and told police he "was lured by sexual promises" to an apartment at 4000 S. Redwood, according to a jail report. When he got there, he met Hayes, who allegedly told him her friend, Ortiz, was willing to also participate, the report states.
But when they went into the apartment, the "victim was held at knifepoint by one of three Hispanic males, as his wallet, phone and car keys were taken," according to the report.
West Valley police say the apartment where the robbery occurred was supposed to be vacant.1 comment on this story
Later that evening, detectives said they observed the two women get out of the man's stolen car at another apartment complex, according to charging documents. Although the women denied planning the robbery, Hayes "admitted they ran errands throughout the day with the stolen vehicle," the report states.
Detectives learned the group attempted to use the man's credit card at several locations, including a McDonald's in West Valley City, the charges state.
According to charging documents, Hayes said her intention was to lure the man into the apartment, do drugs and "trick (the man) into giving her money."
As of Friday, police were still looking for the three men.