CRIME

St. George Man Arrested After Allegedly Shooting, Killing Teen Girl

Jul 10, 2020, 6:06 PM
Anthony Vega, 18. (Washington County Sheriff's Office)...
Anthony Vega, 18. (Washington County Sheriff's Office)
(Washington County Sheriff's Office)

ST. GEORGE, Utah – A 14-year old girl was shot in the head and killed in St. George and an 18-year old man has been arrested in connection with her death.

Officers with the St. George Police Department arrested Anthony Vega early Friday morning.

Vega was booked into jail on charges of first-degree murder, obstruction of justice, possession of a firearm by a restricted person and giving false personal information to police.

According to court documents, the shooting happened at an apartment near 600 North and 2450 East around 10:40 p.m. Thursday.

Police said a witness identified Vega as the gunman and said Vega ran from the scene.

Vega later called one of the witnesses and admitted to the shooting, according to a probable cause statement. Police said he also gave his location to the witness.

Officers later found a male matching Vega’s description and took him into custody.

“The male was lawfully asked for his name, which he stated was Tony Jones. He was asked many times over what his name was and continued to state he was Tony Jones,” police said. “He also made statements to make officers believe he was not Anthony and that Anthony was still on the run.”

Officials said the man later admitted to police that he was Vega, and he admitted to pointing the gun at the victim and pulling the trigger.

Police had not released the victim’s name.

A juvenile told officers Vega was playing with the handgun, pointing it at several people and pulling the trigger.

“Anthony later ran from the scene, taking the handgun with him, and concealed it, so as not to be found. A juvenile witness also admitted that the individuals at the home, including Anthony, were smoking marijuana prior to the incident occurring,” the probable cause statement read.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Crime

[FILE] Jail Handcuffs (KSL-TV)...
Michael Houck

Utah man pleads guilty to child pornography charges in Virginia

A Cedar City man has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges after sending explicit videos to an undercover FBI agent in Virginia.
1 day ago
...
HUGO RIKARD-BELL, KSL NewsRadio

Former American Fork soccer coach arrested on charges of child sexual abuse

A 47-year-old former soccer coach in American Fork is in jail and facing multiple counts of felony sexual abuse of a child.
1 day ago
Kevin Johnson is shown at the Clayton Courthouse Tuesday, April 3, 2007, in Clayton, Mo....
Dakin Andone, CNN

Man who murdered police officer in 2005 has been executed in Missouri

Kevin Johnson -- a death row inmate who was convicted in the 2005 murder of a Kirkwood, Missouri, police officer but claimed racial bias in his prosecution -- was executed Tuesday night by lethal injection.
1 day ago
FILE (Provo Police Department/Facebook)...
Michael Houck

Police: Man threatens Provo mall with false bomb threat after being fired

A man is in police custody after allegedly calling in a bomb threat to his former employer after being fired Tuesday. 
1 day ago
Cars stop after two people were hit and injured in Orem Utah...
Eliza Pace

Two pedestrians hit by car in Orem, one hospitalized

Two people have been hit by a car in the area of 400 South and 400 West in Orem. 
1 day ago
A convicted sex offender sentenced to federal prison just three years ago in a child pornography ca...
Pat Reavy, KSL.com

Utah sex offender arrested, accused of sexually abusing teen co-worker

A man sentenced to federal prison just three years ago in a child pornography case has been arrested again and accused of sexually abusing a teenage co-worker.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
St. George Man Arrested After Allegedly Shooting, Killing Teen Girl