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West Valley shooting followed drug-related kidnapping, robbery

West Valley shooting followed drug-related kidnapping, robbery

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WEST VALLEY CITY — Three arrests have been made after a teen was found in front of a West Valley strip mall with multiple gunshot wounds.

Brandon Carl Montoya, 28; Robert Salvador Apodaca, 23; and Gilbert Vigil, 19, were arrested at different times late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning on suspicion of attempted homicide, aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping and obstruction of justice.

A 16-year-old male was found at about 1 p.m. Wednesday on the sidewalk in front of 7135 W. 3500 South with multiple gunshot wounds to the abdomen and legs. He was transported to an area hospital in very critical condition, but was in serious but stable condition as of Thursday, according to Sgt. Mike Powell with West Valley police.

Powell said the shooting occurred after what appeared to be a planned meeting between the teen and three other men, during which the men would rob the victim of illegal narcotics.

"The suspects made arrangements to meet up on the intention of doing a drug transaction, but had no intention to follow through with the transaction," Powell said.

The four met in a silver or blue Chevrolet Malibu at about 6700 West and 3800 South, and a struggle occurred inside the vehicle.

During the struggle, a handgun was produced, and multiple shots were fired, according to West Valley City police. The Malibu was pulled to the side of the road at 7135 W. 3500 South, at which point one suspect pulled the victim out of the car. The car drove away with two suspects inside. The third suspect was on scene when police arrived, but was not arrested at the time, according to Powell.

Detectives have recovered both the vehicle and the handgun involved in the incident.


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