One suspect arrested, one still at large, after casino robbery leads to high speed police pursuit and car crash in Salt Lake County.
One suspect was in custody and another remained at large Thursday after an overnight high-speed chase that began after the robbery of a casino in West Wendover and ended with a crash in south Salt Lake County.
A Utah Highway Patrol spokesman said at least two male suspects held up the Montego Bay Casino on the Utah-Nevada line 11:20 p.m. Wednesday. West Wendover, Nev., police alerted UHP and police in Tooele and Salt Lake counties to be on the lookout for the getaway vehicle, last seen heading east on Interstate 80.
"About 12:30 a.m., one of our troopers located the vehicle traveling on I-80 [just west of Tooele] and attempted to make a stop. A high-speed pursuit ensued into Salt Lake County," police said.
With speeds reaching 120 mph, UHP briefly terminated the chase due to public safety concerns, but Unified Police, West Valley City, Salt Lake City and other area law officers were alerted. The suspect vehicle was soon spotted again in the Riverton area, and the chase resumed.
The suspect careened onto Bangerter Highway, slowing enough for a male passenger to jump out and run near the highway’s intersection with 8000 South in Salt Lake City.
Police, using dogs in places, conducted extensive searches along the highway’s corridor from 8000 South to 11400 South but were unable to locate the suspect.
However, the driver of the suspect vehicle was in custody, having been arrested by UPD officers after he crashed into a field near 13400 South and 7000 West in Herriman about 1:30 a.m., not long after his passenger had bailed out.
UPD Lt. Justin Hoyal said the driver tried to run from the crashed getaway car but was quickly captured by officers following a short foot chase.
An unspecified amount of cash believed from the casino reportedly was recovered from the car.
The West Wendover Police Chief said the robbery occurred when one of the male suspects, wearing a mask and a black hooded jacket and blue jeans, jumped onto a counter and grabbed a cashier’s cash box. He then fled into the parking lot where he and his waiting accomplice sped away.