Police: 2nd suspect in Wal-Mart robberies turns self in due to media coverage of case

Posted at 1:28 PM, Nov 04, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-05 22:26:44-05
S Jordan Walmart robbery suspect 1

Ammon Faamausili

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah - Authorities said a second suspect in a pair of robberies at Wal-Mart stores turned himself into police Wednesday due to media coverage of the case.

Police arrested Ammon Faamausili Wednesday on two counts of robbery; one for the South Jordan Wal-Mart and the one earlier in the day in West Jordan.

Later, officers said the second suspect, Tonga Angilau, had turned himself in. According to a press release from South Salt Lake police: "Mr. Angilau told investigators that it is because of the media attention that he decided to turn himself in."

Both suspects have been booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on two counts of robbery.

According to authorities, Angliau is the suspect who physically assaulted the clerk.

The suspects are accused of hitting the Wal-Mart in Jordan Landing first at about 8 p.m.

S Jordan Walmart robbery suspect 2

Tonga Angilau

Officials said two men tried to leave the store with a basket full of unpaid items but were confronted by security.

Authorities said the suspects slammed the guards against the wall and ran.

The guards followed the suspects to a car, where one suspect pulled a weapon and sped off.

Officers said the second robbery happened a short time later at a Wal-Mart in South Jordan where the suspects also tried to leave with a basket full of items they hadn't paid for.

This time an employee approached the suspects and was punched in the face.