Watch Command Log Reporting Period:
6 a.m. Monday, September 21, 2020 – 6 a.m. Tuesday, September 22, 2020
SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department receives hundreds of calls for service each day. Not all calls result in a report or arrest. Compiled by Watch Commanders in the field, the Watch Log is a summary of events that stand out to them in a given 24-hour period. Call times listed are approximate and typically reflect the first call received by SLC911 (Dispatch) for a given case. Items contained herein are based on information available at the time of its release and should not be interpreted as an admission or finding of guilt. Arrest information may differ from formal charges filed by the prosecuting agency. To see a list of completed calls for service in the last 48 hours, visit slcpd.com/policecallsforservice.
Multiple Stolen Vehicle Possession
1127 N. Taffeta Dr.
Officers responded on report of a burglary in progress. Matthew Rushton, 40, and another male were located on the property and walked away from officers when they arrived. There was a truck near where the males were standing that was found to be stolen from a business. There was a second stolen vehicle near the address. Officers were able to link the two vehicles together. Matthew Rushton admitted to stealing the van and fleeing from police. A loaded .22 caliber revolver was also located in a backpack in the truck but neither party admitted to knowing about it. The holster for the gun was found in the van Matthew Rushton had admitted to stealing. Matthew Rushton was charged with 2 counts F2 theft by receiving stolen property (vehicle), F3 possession of a weapon by restricted person, F3 possession of stolen property for several stolen vehicle plates located, and MA-possession of Methamphetamine.
Aggravated Burglary, Assault
1450 S. West temple St.
Officers responded on report of a male bleeding from the head at the listed address. Victim was transported to an area hospital in serious condition. Victim stated he had been asleep when he was attacked by the suspect. Adrian Melendez, 38, turned himself in during the investigation. Melendez stated he believed the victim was a pedophile who had taken pictures of the suspects son shirtless. Adrian Melendez was booked for aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and intoxication.
730 S. 1200 E.
A suspect dressed in dark clothing and a mask, entered an unlocked apartment at the dispatched address and then kicked in the door to the victim’s bedroom. The suspect placed a gun to the victim’s head and stole the victim’s wallet, backpack and cell phone. The suspect told the victim to reset his phone and then took it. The victim stated the suspect left the scene in a possible white SUV. The suspect appeared to be in his late teens. This is an ongoing investigation.
1170 E. 2700 S.
The victim was jogging in the area of the dispatched address when 4 suspects (3 black males, 1 possible Hispanic male) exited a white SUV. All of the suspects appeared to be in their late teens. The black male suspect, who was wearing dark clothing, pointed a black gun at the victim and demanded him to reset his cellphone and give it to him. The suspects took the phone and then got back into the vehicle and drove south bound. This is an ongoing investigation.
600 E. 600 S.
Victims were driving in the area, when a light-colored SUV (occupied by 4) pulled up to them. The front passenger of the SUV leaned out the window and pointed what appeared to be a handgun at the victims. The victims drove away, with the suspects following them for several minutes. The victims contacted dispatch and stated they would drive to the Public Safety Building, with the suspects following them. As the victims arrived at the PSB, officers observed the suspect SUV. Officers were able to initiate a stop at 600 E. 600 S. The 4 occupants of the vehicle were detained without incident. 2 realistic airsoft guns were located in the vehicle. This is an ongoing investigation.
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