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Two suspects apprehended in Taylorsville after attempted vehicle burglary

Posted at 9:03 AM, Jan 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-24 22:42:21-05

Two people were taken into police custody early Saturday morning after an attempted car burglary.

According to Unified Police, the burglary was reported in Sandy around 1 a.m. The victim chased the suspects in their vehicle, and at one point one of the suspects fired shots at the victim from their truck.

A responding officer saw the suspects and victim at the top of a ramp on I-15, and the suspect then fled west on I-215.

A UPD sergeant spotted the suspect vehicle and pursued to a home in the area of 2300 West and 4800 South in Taylorsville. When the sergeant activated his emergency indicators, the suspects fled the vehicle on foot while it was still in motion.

A K9 unit was deployed, which led to the capture of one suspect. Officers set up a containment in the area, and after an additional shot was heard, SWAT was also dispatched.

Occupants of the home reportedly did not want to leave, but authorities eventually convinced them to. A warrant was issued, and a second suspect was located inside the home.

The suspects have been identified as 34-year-old Samani Sekona, arrested for failure to stop at the command of police, and 26-year-old Siosiane Taufa on a kidnapping warrant. They are both from Salt Lake City. It was not clear as of Saturday if or when they would also face charges for the alleged burglary or gunshots fired.

Mugshots: Samani Sekona; Siosiane Taufa

No injuries were reported. UPD says there may be a third suspect who has not been apprehended.

Sgt. Melody Cutler with UPD advises readers against pursuing the suspects if you've been the victim of a burglary or robbery as it could become dangerous and lead to losing a life, as this incident potentially could have.