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Returned missionary killed in carjacking crash in Centerville

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Posted at 11:29 AM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 14:53:28-05

CENTERVILLE, Utah -- Authorities have identified the returned missionary killed after two carjackings over the weekend as well as the two suspects.

Jazmyn Jeppson

Jazmyn Jeppson

The victim, 21-year-old Jazmyn Jeppson of Farmington, was killed after police say a suspect in two carjackings crashed into her in Centerville while running from police Monday afternoon.

Officers said she died when 27-year-old Anthony Cruz hit her after allegedly committing two carjackings.

Police said the situation started at about 4:30 p.m. when Kaysville officers were called to a carjacking at Mutton Hollow, west of Fairfield Road.

Officers were told a man and woman forcibly carjacked a driver in a maroon Mazda 6 and authorities went to work finding the suspects.

Michelle Vigil

Michelle Vigil

Minutes later a Unified officer on his way to work saw a maroon Mazda 6 stopped on I-15 southbound at about Lund Lane in Centerville.

The couple with the car told the officer they ran out of gas.

Officials say the officer was not aware of the carjacking report but thought the stop was suspicious.

Anthony Cruz

Anthony Cruz

Authorities said, at some point, the woman, 22-year-old Michelle Vigil,  jumped from the car on the freeway.

Davis County dispatch told the officer the man he just spoke with, Cruz, was a suspect in the carjacking.

After that, officials say the officer tried to stop Cruz as he ran to a black Volkswagen car, which was stopped, but Cruz got into the car and almost claimed a second victim.

A man driving the Volkswagen was dragged for a moment before Cruz sped off.

That is when officers say Cruz hit and killed Jeppson in Centerville.

Vigil has been booked into the Davis County Jail on charges of aggravated robbery.

Cruz is still in the hospital recovering from injuries in the wreck and charges against him are expected in the next few days.

Kaysville officers said they would like to speak with anyone who might have information in this case at (801) 546-1131.

Anthony Cruz

Anthony Cruz