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Store clerk robbed with knife, motorist threatened with baton

By Shara Park | Posted - Feb 25th, 2014 @ 7:43am

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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake police investigated two incidents overnight — a convenience store clerk robbed after being threatened with a knife, and an attempted carjacking blocks away but perhaps unrelated to the store robbery.

A man walked into the 7-Eleven at 960 W. North Temple just before 1 a.m. and started gathering food, according to Salt Lake City Police Lt. Tyrone Farillas.

When the man walked to the counter, the clerk confronted him about putting items in his pockets. At that point, Farillas said, the man threatened the clerk to get money.

"The suspect proceeded to zip down his coat jacket, pull it up and show he had a knife, and then walked out of the store,” Farillas said.

Police are now reviewing surveillance video from the store, trying to get a description of the man.

The clerk was not injured.

About 15 minutes after the 7-Eleven robbery, an attempted carjacking occurred about a block away. Police are still investigating if it's connected to the robbery, but the clerk didn't recognize the suspect.

Police said a man stopped in his car near 800 S. West Temple was approached by another man carrying a baton. He pounded on the window, demanding items from the car and threatening the driver with the baton.

Four more men then approached the car, so the driver took off.

A short time later police were called to a shelter on another call and found a baton-wielding suspect.

Devin Nelson House was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of robbery.


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