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Man arrested in carjacking now charged with robbery

Man arrested in carjacking now charged with robbery

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SALT LAKE CITY — A West Valley City man arrested in connection with an Oct. 5 carjacking in Millcreek has been charged with aggravated robbery.

Matthew Cardenas, 28, was arrested after police said he held a man at gunpoint and took his Porsche 911, iPhone 4S and wallet from a business at 4626 S. Highland Drive, according to charging documents filed Wednesday in 3rd District Court.

Cardenas then eluded police in a high-speed chase and abandoned the vehicle, charges state. Officers located him later in the day at 3073 S. 700 East, and Cardenas attempted to flee on foot, leading police to stun him with a Taser.

  • Aggravated robbery (1st degree felony)
  • Failure to respond to an officer's signal to stop (3rd degree felony)
  • Possession of a firearm by a restricted person (3rd degree felony)
  • Failure to stop at command of a law officer (class A misdemeanor)
  • Giving false information (class A misdemeanor)

Upon arrest, Cardenas provided police with a false name, charges indicate.

A search of court records revealed a collection of prior convictions against Cardenas, including assault and credit card fraud earlier this year.

Cardenas was on probation at the time of his arrest.


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McKenzie Romero


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