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Suspect in Lehi robbery located, arrested several days later

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Posted at 10:57 PM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 01:00:42-05

LEHI, Utah — A Lehi man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of a crime committed five days prior.

Around 1 p.m. on Jan. 11, police responded to a robbery in progress at a Zions Bank in Lehi.

According to court documents, the suspect got in the back seat of a 74-year-old woman's car who had just finished filling her car at a nearby gas station. The man then told her to drive to the bank and she wouldn't be hurt, police say. He told her to get $300 from the drive-up ATM. When the woman pulled up, she got out of the car and ran inside the bank to get help.

That's when police say the suspect, later identified as 33-year-old Eon Clayton McNeill, stole the car and fled the area.

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Eon McNeill is seen in surveillance footage and in mugshots from previous arrests.

A witness saw what happened and followed McNeill through Lehi until he got on northbound I-15 at 2100 North. McNeill exited at 14600 South in Draper and drove over a concrete median at a high rate of speed, which disabled the vehicle.

Police say he fled on foot, and they were unable to locate him that day.

At the time, police did not know who the suspect was. They were later able to identify him by watching surveillance footage from the gas station, then spotting him again on footage at a location in Draper near where he fled on foot. McNeill was allegedly seen on camera discarding a backpack, which police later recovered and found paperwork in his name.

He was arrested Saturday on suspicion of kidnapping, theft of a vehicle and robbery — all 2nd-degree felonies. He also faces charges related to crashing the stolen car. He is being held in the Utah County Jail without bail due to an extensive history of criminal convictions.