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Man wanted for running over West Jordan store clerk after fight over stolen goods

Posted at 10:29 PM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 01:02:18-05

WEST JORDAN, Utah — West Jordan Police say a store clerk was run over Monday night by a man who stole products.

As of Tuesday night, police were still searching for the suspect and the victim was still in critical condition.

The clerk confronted the man after he walked into Smokey's Discount Cigarettes at 1597 W. 9000 South, grabbed something, then left without paying, police say.

After the two men got in a brief fight in the parking lot, police say the suspect got into a car and intentionally ran the clerk over. The incident took place around 5:45 p.m. Monday.

"This parking lot where this occurred is not super well-lit," said Sgt. JC Holt with West Jordan Police. "It was dark when this happened and there aren't a lot of businesses close by, and so it happened in an area that really was a bit of a blind spot for us in terms of surveillance."

The suspect is described as a white man in his 20s with dark, shaggy hair. He was wearing a tie-dye shirt, a black jacket, a black hat, a black mask and white pants. He was driving a red passenger car, pictured below in photos released Tuesday. Police believe it is a Buick Verano, but they do not have a license plate number.

Police are looking for the driver of this car who they say ran over a store clerk in West Jordan on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020.

Police said there may have been another person in the car, but they do not have a description.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or car or has other information that could help police is asked to call dispatch at 801-840-4000.