Carjacking suspect leaves evidence in victim's car

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Carjacking began near 900 South and State Street.
Carjacking began near 900 South and State Street.

SALT LAKE CITY -- A carjacking suspect provided a trail for police to follow when he left identification in his victim's car.

Salt Lake City police say the carjacker approached a man at a gas station near 900 South and State Street around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, showed a gun and demanded a ride.

The man drove the carjacker around until he spotted a police officer and pulled over. That's when the carjacker took off.

"The suspect, when he jumped out, he actually left his wallet in the victim's car," said Lt. James Tracy with the Salt Lake City Police Department.

Hours later, a Midvale police officer stopped a pickup truck after spotting a man in the back seat who wasn't wearing a seat belt. That man's name matched the ID in the wallet -- John Rhodes.

Police say Rhodes also was wanted on a $150,000 warrant for aggravated burglary. Officers booked him in to the Salt Lake County Jail.

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