Man arrested after lengthy search, one still wanted

Dec 4, 2022, 2:08 PM | Updated: 2:26 pm
Three men are facing federal charges for allegedly robbing a postal carrier at gunpoint and taking ...
Three men are facing federal charges for allegedly robbing a postal carrier at gunpoint and taking a master key that allows access to various mail collection boxes (Salt Lake City Police)
(Salt Lake City Police)

SALT LAKE CITY — A 22-year-old man was arrested early Sunday after fleeing from a traffic stop.

It started at 3:14 a.m. when Salt Lake City police said an officer attempted a traffic stop with a white SUV near 800 West, North Temple.

The driver refused to pull over, and officers pursued the white SUV as it matched the description of a car stolen during an aggravated assault that happened a few hours earlier.

That investigation started at 8:19 p.m. Saturday near 100 South 1900 West, where two people were caught breaking into a car.

When a victim confronted the suspects, one threatened the victim with a gun. The suspects left, one in the stolen white SUV and the other in a personal vehicle.

Officers lost sight of the white SUV that did not respond to a traffic stop near 800 West, North Temple, at 3:16 a.m.

Police searched the neighborhood.

A similar white SUV was spotted near 500 South Navajo Street at 3:19 a.m. Officers believed this was the white SUV that was stolen.

According to police documents, Officers believed the white SUV they just found was the stolen white SUV that fled from other officers earlier based on the fast and reckless manner for which the white SUV they were watching was being operated. Officers attempted to stop the white SUV, but the driver refused to pull over.

A few minutes later, the driver of the white SUV that police spotted near 500 South Navajo Sreet got out of the car and began running away into the neighborhood.

Police began a highly coordinated search. officers set up containment borders where he was last seen in the 900-block of West Pueblo Street.

During their search, officers heard gunshots that were later determined to be unrelated to the case.

Finally, at 4:38 a.m., police found the suspect hiding in a garbage can near 950 South and 1500 West, where he was taken into custody.

The suspect, identified as Bhode Smith, was booked in jail on a number of charges. A woman that was in the white SUV was also arrested and booked into jail on active warrants.

Officers determined, however, that Smith and the white SUV they drove were separate from the stolen white SUV that officers tried to stop at 800 West North Temple. That SUV and the suspect driver are still wanted by police as they may be connected to the aggravated assault that happened Saturday night.

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