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Police arrest suspect in Taylorsville carjacking, stabbings

Posted at 2:33 PM, Jan 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-05 17:09:00-05

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — Unified Police have captured the suspect in a pair of stabbings and a carjacking in Taylorsville early Friday morning.

George DeLeon, 26, has been arrested in connection with the crimes.

Police said they received a report of a stabbing and carjacking at a Planet Fitness gym, at 1836 West 5400 South, at 4:39 a.m.

A Unified Police spokesman said the victim was sitting in his car, waiting for the gym to open and the suspect approached the car and threatened the driver with a knife.

“The suspect produced a screwdriver and […] stabbed the driver in the shoulder and the hand, not producing serious injury, but did threaten the driver. At that point, the driver got out of the car and the suspect took the vehicle, which was a 2012 silver Ford Mustang,” said Lt. Brian Lohrke, Unified Police Department.

As police searched for the Mustang, they received a call around 11:30 about a stabbing at a park at 5200 S 2700 W. According to Lohrke, the suspect in the second stabbing had a similar description to the suspect in the stabbing at Planet Fitness.

The weapon used in the second stabbing was also a screwdriver, Lohrke said, and the victim in that case wasn’t seriously injured.

“We located this suspect on 3200 South. When our officers attempted to make contact, he fled on foot. We were able to take him in custody at 4960 South 3260 West,” Lohrke said.

Unified Police recovered the stolen Mustang at a 7-Eleven store in Taylorsville and they took DeLeon to their headquarters for questioning.

Police said DeLeon will be booked into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated robbery and resisting arrest.