Tuesday, December 22, 2009

SLCPD Asks Public to Help ID Suspects in Aggravated Assault on Cab Driver

The Salt Lake City Police Department is asking the public to help identify two suspects involved in an aggravated assault.

The suspects are wanted in an attack on a Ute Cab driver Saturday evening. They are described as:

  • A male black adult, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 150-165 lbs., and wearing a light blue hat, blue jacket with grey sleeves and tan pants.

  • A male white adult, 5 feet 11 inches tall, medium build, 175-180 lbs., no facial hair, and wearing a yellow hoodie, blue coat and blue pants.

At approximately 9:50 p.m., Saturday, December 19, 2009, two suspects went into the office of Motel 6 at 176 W. 600 S. and requested the clerk call a cab for them. The clerk called Ute cab. The 46-year-old male cab driver picked up the suspects and drove to the Park Place Apartments, 731 S. 300 E., as requested. The suspects told the victim to park the car in one of the stalls. As soon as the victim put the vehicle in park, both suspects began punching the victim. One of the suspects had a knife or sharp object that cut the victim along the neck and ear. The suspects fled from the taxi on foot, eastbound. He was transported to an area hospital in critical condition but has since been released and is recovering from his injuries.

Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of these persons of interest is asked to call the Salt Lake City Police Department, (801) 799-3000. Please reference 09-222492. Callers may remain anonymous.

Monday, December 14, 2009

In Memoriam: Officer Charles S. Ford

Killed in the line of duty 102 years ago today

The Salt Lake City Police Department today remembers the loss of one its own: Officer Charles S. Ford, killed in the line of duty December 14, 1907.

Officer Ford was shot and killed following the armed robbery of a Salt Lake City bar. At approximately 2:30 a.m., he was working his third shift after returning to law enforcement from a 16-year absence.

The 51-year-old victim was standing on the northeast corner of 600 South and 200 West when two armed robbers fleeing the scene of a robbery in the Albany Hotel bar across the street shot him. Officer Ford returned fire without effect. He died 12 hours later at St. Mark’s Hospital.

The two robbers managed to flee Utah. One was arrested in Portland a month later. The second was shot to death by Seattle officers in May 1908. The first robber was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. For health reasons, his sentence was terminated in 1918. He died several months later.

Married and the father of two grown daughters, Officer Ford is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City.

To learn more about our Fallen Officers, please visit http://www.slcpd.com/. Click on Honoring Our Own.

The Police Department wishes to thank the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial for its assistance in this remembrance.

Friday, December 4, 2009

SLCPD to Conduct Administrative Traffic Checkpoint Tonight

The Salt Lake City Police Department will be conducting an administrative traffic checkpoint from 10 p.m. Friday, December 4, to 3 a.m. Saturday, December 5, 2009, in the vicinity of westbound 400 South from 600 West to 750 West in Salt Lake City, Utah.

All motor vehicles will be stopped. The inspection and inquiry procedures are estimated to take approximately two minutes in duration for most vehicles. The checkpoint will serve to enhance vehicular safety in the area by checking for valid registrations, proof of insurance, valid driver licenses, and drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs.