Unified Police Department News
Unified Police Officer Involved Critical Incident
Magna, UT – At approximately 3 am this morning, Valley Emergency Communications Center (VECC) received a 911 call from an agitated male. The caller stated, “Tell your officers to back off, or I will shove this knife through her throat”. The unknown male on the line also requested to speak to a hostage negotiator. VECC transferred the call to the Unified Police Department (UPD) Dispatch Center.
Not knowing who made the call, or if the threat was legitimate, and having no officers in the vicinity, UPD Millcreek officers were dispatched to the area of 3698 South 900 East (location of the phone ping). Officers did not notice anything out of the ordinary, other than a truck leaving the area. Officers were able to get the license plate of the truck before it left.
At approximately 4 am, UPD received information that the West Valley City Police Department (WVCPD) was in pursuit of the same truck that was observed leaving Millcreek. The pursuit started at 5600 West 3100 South, continued west through West Valley and into Magna. During the pursuit through Magna, WVCPD officers deployed tire spikes to disable the truck and it eventually came to a stop at 2750 South 8400 West. A UPD Officer, who arrived to assist at the stop location, approached the vehicle and fired at the male inside the cab of the truck. Medical aid was rendered but the suspect passed away at the scene. The female who was also inside the truck was not struck by gunfire. She was transported and treated at a nearby hospital for injuries inflicted upon her by the male subject.
The deceased male has been identified as 41-year-old Lonnie Marcel Bowen of Salt Lake City, UT. The Officer Involved Critical Incident (OICI) protocol investigation will be led by Salt Lake City Police Department.
Unified Police Department is accepting applications for Secretary
The Unified Police Department is currently accepting applications for a Secretary for the Kearns/Magna Precinct. Secretaries may be assigned or moved to either sub-station by the precinct commander as needed.
Volunteer Chaplains Needed
Unified Police Department is seeking volunteer chaplains. A Volunteer Chaplain is called to assist the department. The Chaplain Core consists of religious ministers from churches throughout the Sale Lake County area. The Chaplain Core renders spiritual support and guidance in times of need for the community and the department. Follow link for more information.
Salt Lake Honorary Colonels and Unified Police Book Box Event
Salt Lake County, UT – In partnership with the Salt Lake Honorary Colonels, the Unified Police Department (UPD) Youth Cadet Program have been collecting children’s books to be distributed to all UPD precincts within Salt Lake County.
The books will be housed in what would appear to be a large mailbox. Each precinct was challenged by Chief Deputy Shane Hudson to decorate the book box to the best of their abilities, and later to be judged by the Salt Lake Honorary Colonels.
The Colonels will vote and announce the winners on Wednesday March 28, at 11 am inside the UPD / Sheriff’s Office Building, 3365 South 900 West. Members of the media are invited to see all the finished book boxes to be displayed at UPD Precincts. Sheriff Rivera and the Honorary Colonels will be available for the media during this time.
Detectives Seeking Information On Taylorsville Robbery
Taylorsville, UT – At 1:15 am on March 24, 2018, Unified Police Department (UPD) officers of the Taylorsville Precinct received a call of a robbery at the 7-11, 3180 W 5400 S in Taylorsville, UT.
The suspect wearing the bandana immediately brandished a black semi-automatic handgun. The other suspect produced a backpack and demanded money, cigarettes and a case of beer. They then made the employees and the lone patron of the store lay on the ground as they fled with an unknown amount of money or cigarettes and the case of beer.
Both suspects appear to be approximately 5’10- 6’0 tall, and around 200 lbs. Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the two suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call the Unified Police Department at 801-743-7000. Callers may remain anonymous and can reference UPD case #18-44462.
Surveillance Robbery 7-11 March 18 from Media Services Unit on Vimeo.
Wanted: Midvale Robbery Suspect
Midvale, UT – On March 18, 2018, Unified Police Department (UPD) officers from the Midvale Precinct were dispatched to a robbery that had just occurred at the Phillips 66 located at 8370 South State Street in Midvale, Utah.
The lone suspect approached the clerk, pointed a firearm directly at her and demanded cash. After obtaining the cash he fled the business. He was observed getting into a dark colored sedan which looked like the bumper was falling off. Detectives believe the vehicle to be a Honda Civic or similar. This vehicle was last seen heading west on Princeton Avenue.
He is described as a Caucasian male mid 30’s, heavy set, short scruffy auburn colored goatee or beard. He was wearing a camouflage jacket (possibly Newman Construction on back), black gloves and khaki colored pants.
Detectives from the Unified Police Department Violent Crimes Unit and FBI Violent Crimes Task Force are actively investigating this case. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 385-468-9819.
Information Regarding Midvale Kidnapping
Midvale, UT – Over this last weekend, the Unified Police Department (UPD) Midvale Precinct and Violent Crimes Unit (VCU) have been investigating a kidnapping of a 30-year-old adult male, who had later escaped and called police.
On the night of March 10, UPD Midvale Precinct officers were called by the victim who was reporting a theft of a security camera. The victim believed the suspects to be the upstairs neighbors in the complex in which they all reside. Police looked to question the upstairs neighbors, however they were not home.
Later in the evening, the victim spotted the suspects outside of their apartment, having a smoke. Because of a past friendly relationship, the victim went to speak with the suspects, hoping to straighten the situation. When the victim went inside the suspects apartment, the door closed behind him and one of the suspects grabbed and held him with a knife to his throat. The suspects demanded the victim drop the theft case or else he would be killed. The victim was held in the apartment by the group of three suspects and later forced into an orange 2008 Cadillac CTS. While the car was driving, the victim was able to unlock a back door and jump from the moving vehicle. Luckily, the victim escaped with only minor injuries.
On the morning of March 11, police found the orange Cadillac at the Wasatch Apartments in Midvale. All three suspects were taken into custody without incident. The suspect’s vehicle was impounded and a search warrant for evidence was served at the originating location (Marquette Drive). The suspects were interviewed and later booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on charges of Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Kidnapping, Theft, and Threats.
Kearns School Threat Arrest
Kearns, UT – On February 25, 2018, Unified Police Department (UPD) officers from the Kearns Precinct were given information about potential threats of violence aimed at a local school. A picture had been posted on social media site Snapchat, which showed a rifle in the suspect’s lap and a warning to “not come to school on Monday”.
UPD Officers immediately gathered information and coordinated with Granite School District Police Department. Within an hour, the suspect was identified as a student of Thomas Jefferson Junior High School. Officers then responded to the student’s residence to interview him and his parents. It was determined that the gun pictured was an Airsoft rifle, and there was no immediate threat to the school. Based on the threat in the social media post, the student was charged with Terroristic Threats, which is punishable as a third-degree felony (Utah Code 76-5-107). He was left in the care of his parents and will await administrative action by Granite School District.
It is the position of the Unified Police Department that all threats against schools, regardless of the nature, will be treated as real and investigated thoroughly. Sheriff Rosie Rivera, UPD Kearns Precinct members, and the Granite School District Police Department will be available for media questions, February 27, at 10:30 am inside the Unified Police Department auditorium.
Millcreek Shooting Arrest
Millcreek, UT / Kearns, UT – On February 9, 2018, Unified Police Department (UPD) officers from the Millcreek Precinct were dispatched to a shooting at 3925 S. State St. Witnesses reported seeing and hearing several shots with a male being struck by gunfire. The 18-year-old male victim arrived at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, UT with a non-life threatening gunshot to the leg.
Through investigation, it was determined that an argument had ensued between two groups of associates, when one person produced a gun and started shooting. The shooter was identified as 19-year-old Elhelbawy Adam Idrees of West Valley City, UT.
On the night of February 15, 2018, a UPD Kearns Sergeant conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding. The driver was immediately identified as the shooting suspect. Idrees was taken into custody without incident. He was interviewed by Violent Crime Unit detectives and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on four counts of attempted aggravated murder and three counts of felony discharge of a firearm.
Statement from Sheriff Rosie Rivera
Jon M. Huntsman Sr. was very dear to my heart as he was my biggest supporter and mentor. I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. He was kind and devoted to helping others. He was a true example of integrity, honor and faith. I have cherished his advice and wisdom throughout the years. I feel blessed that he was able to attend my swearing in as Sheriff, it was apparent that he was not feeling well but he made it a priority to be there. I will always be grateful for his friendship and support. I am so blessed to have known him. My love and prayers go out to Karen, Markie and all the Huntsman family.
Sheriff Rosie Rivera
Riverton/Herriman Shooting Recap
Suspect has been taken into custody
SUSPECT: Llewelyn, Justin Gary, age 33
RIVERTON, UT – On January 20th, 2018, shortly before 6 am, a Unified Police Department (UPD) officer interrupted a burglar, prowling cars. The suspect, later identified as Justin Llewelyn, fled from the officer on foot. Moments later he encountered another officer, shot at the officer’s vehicle and then exchanged fire with the officer. During this criminal episode, the suspect broke into a residence to steal a car. The home owner confronted the suspect and the suspect shot the home owner twice. The homeowner, fortunately, has been listed in good condition and is recovering.
In the months prior to this incident, Justin Llewelyn had been living with family near the Riverton/Herriman border. Llewelyn has extensive criminal history with numerous bookings in to the Salt Lake County Jail over the last 15 years. Attached are several different booking photos of Llewelyn, showing him with different hairstyles, and facial hair.
Currently, Llewelyn is armed and extremely dangerous; he has already fired at officers on two occasions. Use extreme caution if encountered. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Llewelyn is asked to call police immediately.
Unified Police Dept.: 801-743-7000 or;
Salt Lake City Police 801-799-3000
** Since this incident is considered an Officer Involved Critical Incident (OICI), protocol was invoked in compliance with Utah Code 76-2-408. The Investigating Protocol Team for this investigation will be led by the Salt Lake City Police Department.
To learn more about the OICI protocol click here
TAYLORSVILLE, UT – The Unified Police Department (UPD) Special Victims Unit and family members of Dustin Bird are asking the public for any information as to the whereabouts of Dustin Bird. Dustin was last seen in Taylorsville on February 17, 2017 when he left his home to meet up with a friend of his. He has not been seen or heard from since.
Dustin is described as a medium/light skin, Hispanic male. He is listed at 5’8”, 160 lbs., brown eyes, shaved or buzzed hairstyle with a moustache. He has tattoos covering both arms, a large spider tattoo on the top right side of his head, and “Mia” tattooed on the left side of his neck, and “801” tattooed behind his left ear. He was last seen wearing jeans and black Nike shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Unified Police Department at 801-743-7000.
55 Officer Appreciation Bags Delivered To The Taylorsville Precinct
Ashley Johnson, the reigning Regal Majesty Utah Miss Queen, delivered 55 officer appreciation bags to the Taylorsville precinct as part of a service project. Thank you to Ashley and the Regal Majesty Organization for your act of kindness and support!
Arrest made in 2015 Hit & Run Death
KEARNS, UT - November 22, 2015: 19-year-old Edgar Osvaldo Frayre-Rodriguez was part of a group of three people on motorcycles. The group was turning right to exit a Chevron and travel southbound on 4700 South. Frayre-Rodriguez swung wide and wobbled, and he was struck by oncoming Jeep, driven by Tyler Hurt. Hurt fled the scene in the Jeep and was being sought by detectives.
REDDING, CA – January 9, 2018: Unified Police Department (UPD) detectives, with the assistance of the United States Marshal’s Office, has made an arrest in the November 22, 2015 hit and run death of 19-year-old Edgar Osvaldo Frayre-Rodriguez. Tyler Hurt, who was previously named as a person of interest, was arrested by the US Marshal’s in Redding, CA. He is currently being held in Shasta County, CA, awaiting extradition and prosecution by the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office. No other details are available on the arrest.