SALT LAKE CITY — Charges were filed Monday in a case that started with stolen doughnuts and ended with a high speed chase and a bystander being hurt at Liberty Park.
Gary D. Moore, 38, whose address is listed as unknown in court documents, was charged in 3rd District Court with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; theft by receiving stolen property, a second-degree felony; aggravated assault and failing to respond to an officer’s command to stop, both third-degree felonies.
Late in the evening on Jan. 8, Moore walked into a 7-Eleven, 309 E. 400 South, took a box of doughnuts and walked out the door, according to charging documents. A store employee tried to stop him, but Moore told him, “Back off I have a gun,” the charges state.
The store clerk, carrying a baseball bat, followed Moore to the parking lot where he said he tried to stop him, but Moore drove off.
About a half-hour later, police were called to a nearby Smith’s Marketplace where a man in a similar car was threatening patrons there, according to police.
From there, police responded to Liberty Park on a report of someone who had been hit by a car, the charges state. A man was sitting in a pavilion at the park when an SUV drove through the pavilion, hitting benches and pinning the victim’s leg between the benches, the charges state. The victim suffered a broken leg, according to court documents.
A Salt Lake police officer spotted the vehicle and a chase ensued. A Unified police officer attempted to slow down the fleeing car with a spike strip at 6200 South Van Winkle, the charges state, and a Cottonwood Heights police officer stopped the car with a PIT maneuver. The car was stolen out of South Salt Lake, the charges state.