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Cottonwood Heights Police arrest suspect in spree of robberies after pursuit

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Posted at 1:09 PM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 23:18:52-04

UPDATE: Cottonwood Heights Police Department tweeted Thursday around 4:30 p.m. that the suspect in the spree robberies was arrested after a pursuit.

Police say officers from numerous agencies were involved in a vehicle pursuit, and police used spikes on the suspect vehicle's tires. A suspect was arrested at gunpoint near 700 East and 7800 South around 4:40 p.m.

While the spree of crimes included several locations, pizza restaurants appeared on the list numerous times.

Previous story continues below:

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — The Unified Police Department has asked for the public's help in identifying the suspect in a series of armed robberies around Salt Lake County.

According to UPD, the robberies, most of them at restaurants, occurred between June 7 and June 22. Police said in most of the robberies, the suspect brandished a black, semi-automatic handgun, told the employees he didn't want to hurt anybody and demanded money.

The suspect was most often seen wearing all black clothing. He was described as a white male in his thirties with a slim build, about 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, with blond hair and a blond goatee.  Police believe he is working with a getaway driver, who was described as a blonde female.

Witnesses in one of the robberies told police the suspect got into a silver Mazda 3 driven by a blonde female. According to police, the suspect is believed to have committed robberies at the following locations:

June 7:  Papa Murphy’s in Murray
June 8:  Papa Murphy’s in South Salt Lake
June 9:  Papa Murphy’s in Holladay
June 10: Papa Murphy’s in West Jordan
June 17: Arctic Circle in Taylorsville
June 18: Cartridge World at 862 E. Fort Union Blvd
June 19: Subway at 7173 S. 700 W.
June 19: Domino’s Pizza at 4766 S. Highland Dr.
June 19: Jamba Juice at 5500 S. Redwood Rd.
June 20: Subway at 3187 W. 5400 S.

He is also believed to be responsible for four robberies that occurred Wednesday, including one at a nail salon.

Anyone with information that may help UPD solve these crimes is asked to call 385-468-9819.