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2 arrested in connection with WVC 7-Eleven robbery in which shot was fired at ceiling

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Posted - May 20th, 2019 @ 8:05pm


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WEST VALLEY CITY — A man has been arrested in connection with a May 10 robbery of a 7-Eleven in which police say one person stole beer and another fired a shot into the ceiling of the store.

Semaj Davis, 19, was arrested Thursday in connection with the robbery, according to a jail report. He was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of aggravated robbery and violating parole or probation, according to jail records.

The robbery took place at the store at 3898 W. 4700 South just after midnight on May 10, according to police.

Two men entered the store, demanding the clerk give them money and cigarettes and brandishing a handgun, police said. The clerk gave the men a small amount of money, according to police.

One of the men fired a shot into the ceiling of the store, and the other took a 30-pack of beer, according to police. The two then left the store. There were no injuries during the robbery, police said.

Investigators identified Davis as the man who allegedly stole the 30-pack of beer, according to the jail report. He later admitted to police that he took the beer during the incident, the report states.

The second person police believe was involved in the robbery, a 17-year-old boy, was arrested on May 14, according to West Valley City Police spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku. He was arrested by Salt Lake police in connection with an unrelated incident, she said.

Davis also gave police information about another robbery the night before, according to the report.

He and another person procured a firearm on the evening of May 9 that was used the next day during the 7-Eleven robbery, the report states. Davis and the other person allegedly took the firearm from a person who was selling it on Snapchat, according to the report.

They met the seller near 700 West and 3900 South, the report states.

“(Davis) matched the description of the second suspect who pulled a gun on the victim and told him if he didn't give the firearm for sale to his partner, he would shoot him, while he held a black handgun,” the report states.

Davis told police the name of the juvenile also thought to be in connection with the May 9 robbery, the report states. He also described the circumstances of the robbery to police, according to the report.

It was not clear if the juvenile thought to be involved in the May 9 robbery is the same person police believe was with Davis during the May 10 incident. It is not clear if the person involved in the May 9 robbery had been arrested as of Monday.

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