Police: Known gang member arrested after attempting to flee with illegal handgun

Jan 22, 2023, 3:33 PM
The handgun found near the suspect by police. (Salt Lake City Police Department)...
The handgun found near the suspect by police. (Salt Lake City Police Department)
(Salt Lake City Police Department)

SALT LAKE CITY — A known fugitive for gang-related crimes was booked by Salt Lake City Police officers after attempting to flee from them early Saturday morning.

Jose Leon Johnson, 42, was noticed by the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Gang Unit after they found a car associated with Johnson near 400 North Pamela Way at approximately 12:42 a.m., according to the police statement.

Johnson had several active arrest warrants, was a restricted person, and is a member of the La Raza gang.

According to SLCPD, Salt Lake City Police Department’s Pioneer Division Bike Squad officers followed Johnson until he got on to Interstate 215, where he drove southbound.

“Officers safely followed the vehicle into South Salt Lake and conducted a felony traffic stop near 4010 South 300 East,” reads the SLCPD statement. “After getting out of his car, Johnson tried running away from officers but ultimately surrendered.”

Johnson allegedly threw a black loaded Springfield XDS 9mm semi-auto handgun on the ground before he was arrested.

According to the affidavit, arresting officers found methamphetamine on the visor of the passenger seat of the car. Police searched Johnson and found a glass pipe containing residue.

“The handgun serial number was searched through the national database, which returned as stolen,” reads the affidavit. Johnson said the handgun was not his.

Johnson was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for felony charges of possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, theft of a firearm, and misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police are asking for Johnson to be denied bail as he has been charged and “convicted several times for being in possession of a firearm by restricted person, felony discharge of a firearm, and several other violent offenses,” according to the affidavit.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories


(Dan Rascon/KSL TV)...
Dan Rascon

Alleged fraud committed by top leaders at Layton Christian Academy

Church leaders and teachers at Layton Christian Academy are in tears over an alleged “massive fraud” operation at their school possibly involving millions of dollars.  
19 hours ago
The booking photo for Aaron Michael Zeman, also known as Tadashi Kura Kojima. ( Hall County Departm...
Michael Houck

Layton Amber Alert suspect charged with kidnapping, sexual exploitation of a minor

The Arizona man who is suspected of kidnapping a Layton boy has been charged with multiple felonies Tuesday. 
19 hours ago
The new Utah State Prison is pictured in Salt Lake City on Oct. 21, 2021. (Kristin Murphy/Deseret N...
Madison Swenson

Utah correctional officer assaulted by inmate at state prison

A correctional officer was hospitalized Monday after being assaulted at the Utah State Correctional Facility.
19 hours ago
Kyle Keith Martin, 31 years old, from Lowell, Oregon. (Elko County Sheriff's Office)...
Michael Houck

Kidnapping suspect in custody after leading Nevada police in car chase

An Oregon man is in police custody for possible kidnapping and other crimes committed across multiple states Monday.
19 hours ago
Terrie Ladwig, 28, who was found in her Concord, California apartment dead on Dec. 2, 1994. (Concor...
Pat Reavy

Utah truck driver arrested in California cold case from 1994

A truck driver in Utah was arrested last week in connection with the Northern California cold case killing of a woman in 1994.
19 hours ago
Matt Gephardt

Get Gephardt: The ‘most used’ photos to catfish victims in romance scams

KSL Investigator Matt Gephardt shows us some of the most widely used photos in romance scams and how we can protect ourselves.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
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.
Police: Known gang member arrested after attempting to flee with illegal handgun