WEST VALLEY CITY — A third person has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a man in the parking lot of a Hire's restaurant over the weekend.
Bryan Zumaya-Garcia, 21, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail late Monday for investigation of obstruction of justice.
His arrest marked a busy 48 hours for West Valley police who arrested a total of three people on Monday tied to the killing of Jake Gengelbach, 22.
Early Sunday, officers responding to a report of shots fired discovered Gengelbach's body in the parking lot of Hire's Big H, 4700 S. 2900 West. He had been shot multiple times, according to police.
"Through multiple tips it was found that the suspect was Hassan Al-Rekabi," a police affidavit states.
Monday afternoon, a SWAT team surrounded a house in Sandy, 2125 E. Newcastle Drive (8900 South). Just as the SWAT team was about to serve a warrant, Al-Rekabi, 18, drove away from the house. He was taken into custody a short time later and after being questioned, was booked into jail for investigation of murder and obstruction of justice.
Later, police announced that Samuel Maile Niu, 19, had also been arrested for investigation of obstructing justice.
When Al-Rekabi was questioned, he told investigators that he shot Gengelbach multiple times and threw the gun away, the affidavit states. A possible motive for the killing is not given in the report. Detectives also reported that Al-Rekabi had been searching "how to renew your passport within 24 hours" online and an anonymous tip came in stating that the suspect was trying to flee the state.
Niu and Zumaya-Garcia were determined to have been present during the shooting but did not report it to police, according to Salt Lake County Jail reports.
"(Niu) stated that he did not notify police of the incident as he did not want to go to jail for something he did not do," a report states.Comment on this story
While a motive for the shooting is still being investigated, West Valley police spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku said the incident is not believed to be gang-related, as all four men were known to each other, and were known to have common friends and acquaintances, she said.
Al-Rekabi's arrest comes on the heels of another violent incident he was allegedly involved in. He was charged April 16 in 3rd District Court with aggravated assault, a third-degree felony, plus interfering with an arrested officer and drug possession, class B misdemeanors.
On March 30, Al-Rekabi allegedly assaulted a man at a Mini Mart, 310 E. 3300 South, including hitting the man in the face with a large rock while he was on the ground, according to charging documents.