Sherriff's office searching for man wanted in two states


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Sandra Yi reportingSalt Lake County sheriff's deputies are looking for a man considered armed and dangerous after he jumped from a building to make his escape.

Qaiyim Hill's ex-girlfriend lives in an apartment complex near 3900 South and 800 West. When Hill showed up last night, she called police, and Hill hasn't been seen since.

Neighbors say they've seen Hill at the apartment complex before. Michael Erskine says in the four months he's lived here, police have been called to the ex-girlfriend's second-story apartment several times.

Once, Erskine saw Hill assaulting the ex-girlfriend in the parking lot. "He was beating the hell out of her in the car while I was standing outside," he said.

Sherriff's office searching for man wanted in two states

Officers say Hill showed up to his ex-girlfriend's apartment last night and let himself in. The ex-girlfriend, who was home with her mother, called 911. But Hill tried to run when police got there.

"They let the canines loose; and when the canine was running after him, he just jumped straight off onto the concrete right here," Erskine said. "I thought he was going to break a leg. That's a good 15 to 20 feet."

Witnesses say Hill jumped from the third floor of the building then ran to the Jordan River Parkway. That's where officers last saw him. "The next thing I know, my whole apartment complex was surrounded. They had all the cops right here," Erskine said.

Sherriff's office searching for man wanted in two states

Authorities want to find Hill. They say he's wanted in Utah and Nevada for a number of crimes, including armed robbery, larceny and felony drug possession and distribution.

That makes some of the neighbors here nervous. Erskine says he just wants justice for the ex-girlfriend. "I do hope he gets caught just for the simple fact that he beat her up that bad," he said.

Police are still looking for Hill. If you have any information on his whereabouts, call the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office at 743-7000.

E-mail: syi@ksl.com

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