Friday, October 29, 2010

US Bank Robbed by Suspects in Costume

The Salt Lake City Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying two men who robbed the US Bank branch at 2243 E. 2100 S. today.

At approximately 1:15 p.m., two men entered the bank dressed in Halloween costumes and carrying guns. The suspects demanded and received a sum of cash before fleeing the bank on foot. Witnesses then reported the men leaving the area in a silver minivan.

Descriptions of the suspects are limited due to the costumes they were wearing (see attached photos), but one suspect is 5 feet 9 inches tall and the other is 6 feet tall.

The Police Department asks anyone with information about the suspects in this case to call (801) 799-3000. Callers may remain anonymous. Please reference case #10-189063.

In addition, the Salt Lake City Police Department offers up to $3,000 for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of armed robbery suspects. To report criminal behavior, call (801) 799-INFO (4636) and the police will assign you a confidential number.

Monday, October 18, 2010

In Memoriam: Officer William Cooke

Killed in the Line of Duty 152 Years Ago Today

The Salt Lake City Police Department today remembers the loss of one its own: Officer William Cooke, who died October 18, 1858, from injuries sustained in the line of duty.

Officer William Cooke was the first Utah police officer to be murdered in the line of duty.

On the afternoon of October 13, the 55-year-old victim was on duty and alone at the city jail. Two men came to the jail and demanded the release of an inmate. When Officer Cooke refused, one of the men shot him in the thigh. Officer Cooke died five days later.

The killer fled Salt Lake City. He was shot and killed October 21, 1858, near Fort Bridger, Wyoming, by a Salt Lake mail carrier familiar with the murder.

Officer Cooke was married and the father of six children. He is buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery.

To learn more about our Fallen Officers, please visit Click on “Honoring Our Own.”

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

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Suspect Wanted in Homicide

UPDATE: Suspect turned himself in to the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Ft. Duchesne a little before midnight 10/02/10.

Salt Lake City Police Department homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a criminal homicide suspect.

Shortly before 11 a.m., Reuben “Sonny Bear” Cesspooch, 52, allegedly got into a fight with an acquaintance at 451 S. State Street. The 50-year-old victim, also Native American, suffered blunt force trauma to the head and died at the scene.

Suspect description:
• 6’2”
• 250 lbs.
• collar-length salt-and-pepper hair
• brown eyes
• no front teeth
• last seen wearing black Levi’s jeans and a white t-shirt

Although homicide detectives believe Cesspooch to be in the area, he also has family in the Roosevelt and Ogden areas.

The Police Department asks anyone with information about Cesspooch’s location to call (801) 799-3000. Callers may remain anonymous.

Ref: Case #10-172389