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Two arrested after mom discovers alleged Facebook threats

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City police arrested two juveniles Friday after they allegedly threatened to shoot a West High School student.

Police said they were notified of the alleged threats by a woman who said she read them on her son’s Facebook timeline.

School resource officers located the suspects near 220 W 300 N shortly after 2 p.m.  According to a SLCPD watch log, the suspects were found in possession of a firearm with a loaded magazine, marijuana, a large bong and an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspects were taken to juvenile detention, where they face various charges, police said.

SLC police seek suspects in another Family Dollar robbery

SALT LAKE CITY — Family Dollar Stores are being targeted by armed robbers. The fifth robbery in a month happened Thursday night in Salt Lake City’s Marmalade District.

Just before closing time, two men, one of them armed, walked into the store near 300 West 500 North.

“One was armed with a handgun, they ordered everybody to the floor,” said Lt. Dave Cracroft with the Salt Lake City Police Department.

The other suspect, who wasn’t armed, jumped the counter and grabbed money from the till.

“Fortunately no one was injured and no shots fired or anything like that,” Lt. Cracroft said.

But for customers who shop here, “that is scary, especially since every time I come, I come with my little boy,” said customer Amie Johnson.

“I think it makes you angry and worried for people who aren’t aware or have young children,” said customer Ann Beglarian.

Gov signs bill to remove kids from murder suspects

SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill into law that would remove children from the homes of people considered suspects in murder investigations.

Senate Bill 173 had the backing of families caught up in some high-profile murder and disappearance cases.

“I know it would have been an immediate relief for me and my family,” said Pelle Wall, whose mother, Uta von Schwedler, was found murdered in her home.

Wall spent most of his inheritance fighting his father for custody of his siblings. He has accused his father, Dr. Johnny Wall, of killing her. For a time before Dr. Wall was charged with murder, the children lived with them.

Father and son track down alleged car thief

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake Police say they’re seeing a rash of vehicle thefts downtown.

They say criminals are looking for small items to steal and pawn, but often end up finding the car keys and make off with the vehicle.

That’s what happened to a Salt Lake City man, but thanks to technology and an athletic dad the victim was able to get his stuff back.

The victim, who didn’t want to be identified, said he planned to run into his work just a minute and left his door unlocked with the keys inside, when he got back the car was gone.

“I left my phone in the car and in about five minutes, I was able to pull up the iCloud and locate a GPS coordinate for where my phone was at that time,” he said.

The victim called his dad, who is a former cop and retired district attorney for Salt Lake County, Neal Gunnarson.

Witness helps SLC Police catch suspected carjacker

SALT LAKE CITY — Police apprehended an alleged carjacker in Salt Lake City Sunday morning due to some quick action by a witness.

At approximately 9:20 a.m., two men were carjacked at gunpoint at a Maverik gas station near 500 East and 300 South in Salt Lake City, according to police.

The suspect forced the victims to drive to an apartment complex behind the gas station where he robbed them, said Lt. Scott White, Salt Lake City Police Department.

Both victims escaped without being harmed and returned to the gas station. However, police were already in the area due to a call from another witness.

“Our Victims didn’t call. Another witness that was in a parking stall next to them, [who saw] this all take place. She goes in, pretends to notice nothing, doesn’t say anything, goes inside and calls us; gets the officers coming here which was great on her part,” said Lt. White.

Police seek public’s help in search for armed robbery suspects

SALT LAKE CITY – Police are asking the public for help identifying and finding two suspects in an alleged armed robbery.

Police said two men wearing masks entered a Subway restaurant at 2885 S. Highland Drive around 7 p.m. Tuesday and demanded money, and they said one of the men brandished a weapon.

Det. Veronica Montoya of the Salt Lake City Police Department said the suspects made it out with an undisclosed amount of money.

“One of them had a weapon brandished towards the employee, demanded money,” she said. “The employees, of course, complied for their safety and the suspects fled.”

The two suspects are described as being white men with slim to mediums builds who stand about 6-feet tall. The men left in a gray or silver 4-door sedan believed to have been made in the late 90s. The two suspects were wearing masks. The men are believed to be in their 20s.

SLC police arrest man suspected in 3 bank robberies

SALT LAKE CITY — Detectives from the Salt Lake City Police Department have arrested a man believed to be a suspect in a series of recent bank robberies.

Police believe Kevin Richard Minix, 37, may be behind robberies that occurred February 7, 13 and 20 on the city’s east side.

Minix was arrested Tuesday after Salt Lake City dispatchers received a 911 call about a suspicious man who appeared to be unconscious in a car.

Responding officers thought the man and the vehicle matched the descriptions given of the suspect in the three robberies.

The February 7 robbery occurred shortly before 6 p.m. at US Bank, 2243 E 2100 S. Police said the suspect entered the bank  and demanded money. The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and the suspect fled in an unknown direction.