News / Utah / 

Police seek help in finding 'dangerous' man for info on crime

8 photos

Estimated read time: 2-3 minutes

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

WEST VALLEY CITY — Police are asking for the public's help in finding a man they believe could have information regarding a recent home invasion.

On Oct. 30, three armed men looking for drugs entered a home at 7133 W. Chula Drive (3705 South), according to police. Four children and five adults were home at the time. One jumped out a second story window to escape. Another was held at gunpoint by one of the intruders, 29-year-old Robert Ebere.

The homeowner, however, put a choke hold on Ebere and squeezed until the man passed out. Ebere later died from his injuries. The other two gunmen fled from the house.

Prosecutors declined to file criminal charges against the homeowner in Ebere's death.

West Valley police on Tuesday announced that they were looking to question Michael Gaines Caldwell, 25, but did not say whether they believe he is one of the other two intruders.

"It's really a difficult case," said West Valley Police Sgt. Hauer. "There isn't a whole lot of information on the suspects. "Not a whole lot of information we have on him. We're hoping that the public might be able to assist us."

Hauer said, however, that Caldwell should be considered armed and dangerous.

Court records show Caldwell has a criminal history that includes misdemeanor assault, violation of a protective order and drug possession. In 2009, he was extradited to Alabama to face robbery charges.

Inside the house, investigators also found about 3.5 kilograms of cocaine and about $48,000 in cash, according to court documents.

The homeowner, Javier Mendoza-Trujillo, was indicted in federal court last week on a charge of drug possession with intent to distribute. According to the indictment, investigators found a "hidden compartment under the floor in the home." Inside the compartment, police said they found drugs and money.

"Mr. Mendoza-Trujillo told officers he is in the business of selling cocaine and has been selling approximately 2 kilos per month since December of 2012," according to the indictment.

Another half-pound of cocaine and more cash was found in a hidden compartment in his van, the charges state.

Anyone with information on Caldwell can call police at 801-840-4000.


Related stories

Most recent Utah stories

Related topics

Pat Reavy and Sandra Yi


    Catch up on the top news and features from, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast