SLCPD Seeks Suspect in Robbery at Zions Bank — 5th Bank Robbery in SLC in 48 Hours
February 21, 2014
Watch Log: Saturday, February 22, 2014
February 24, 2014

Watch Command Log Reporting Period:

6 a.m. Friday, February 21, 2014 – 6 a.m. Saturday, February 22, 2014


SALT LAKE CITY — Each day Salt Lake City Police Department receives hundreds of calls for service, not all of which result in a report or arrest. Compiled by Watch Commanders in the field, the Watch Log is a summary of events they felt stood out in the last 24-hour period. 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, please visit


1:21 p.m.
703 E. 600 S.

Two male suspects entered the Jewelry Guild shop wearing masks and brandishing handguns. The victim reported that one of the suspects fired a shot into the floor. The suspects apparently panicked prior to taking property and exited the business empty handed. A witness saw the suspects flee the area in a van.

5:55 p.m.
Bank Robbery
910 W. 2100 S.

The male suspect entered the Zions Bank just as it was closing. He approached a teller and demanded cash. The teller complied with the demand and the suspect fled northbound on foot. No weapon was seen. The suspect was a white male, 50s, 5 feet 6 inches tall, thin build. See press release:

8:47 p.m.
Occupied Stolen Vehicle/Agency Assist
700 N. 900 W.

Andrew Barela (7/3/84) fled from Metro Narcotics officers after they stopped him in a stolen vehicle at this address. SLCPD K-9 officers were able to locate Barela and take him into custody.

9:04 p.m.
Wanted Person
61 N. Tommy Thompson Rd.

Based on a tip that David Erik Traversa, who is wanted for several bank robberies, was at the above address, officers and robbery detectives responded to the MicroTel hotel. While setting up containment, the suspect’s girlfriend, Alessandra Russo (11/18/92), tipped off the suspect, who fled the scene. Russo was interviewed by detectives and then booked for two counts of robbery and one count of obstruction of justice.

800 N. Picture Dr.

Officers attempted to stop a vehicle that was southbound on Picture Dr. The driver, Austin Harper (11/18/80), fled. He did not flee at a high rate of speed and, other than refusing to stop for police, continued to obey traffic laws. Officers did not pursue but later located Harper in the vehicle as he was pulling into the driveway at 1158 N. Colorado St. Harper was arrested for fleeing. The passenger of the vehicle, Echo Garcia (8/9/83), was arrested for warrants.

1:52 a.m.
469 N. 1300 W.

Officers responded on reports of a man forcing a woman into a vehicle. Officers arrived and were confronted by Nicholas Treadwell (2/4/84), who was verbally and physically aggressive towards officers, kicking one officer in the leg. The victim, Treadwell’s girlfriend, was inside a van at this address and reported that Treadwell assaulted here and forced into the van, which she was not allowed to leave. Officers arrested and booked Treadwell into jail for kidnapping, assault, assault on a police officer, and criminal mischief.


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