SALT LAKE CITY — A Nevada man allegedly went on a wild crime spree in Utah over the weekend that included starting a grass fire and shooting an ambulance, police said.
E’an Pernell Hendrix, 31, was arrested late Saturday for investigation of arson, theft of a firearm, possession of a weapon by a restricted person, failing to stop for police, drug possession, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of criminal mischief, failing to remain at the scene of an accident, and making a threat of violence.
On Saturday, Hendrix drove to a gated private camping area in Morgan and was mistakenly let in by someone who believed he belonged there, according to a police affidavit.
“Once inside the area the suspect rammed a gate housing recreational vehicles, damaging the gate and gaining entry to the vehicles. The suspect then took a side-by-side and rolled it not too far from where he took it,” the affidavit stated.
Hendrix then lit “Roman candles or flares” that started a grass fire, the affidavit states. The fire caused more than $5,000 damage, according to the affidavit.
As Hendrix continued to drive in the private area, a witness attempted to block him in using a car. Hendrix fired two shots in the air and told that person to move, according to the affidavit. He then attempted to leave the camping area.
“Witnesses stated cars tried to stop him and the gate was closed and locked in an effort to keep him in. Witnesses reported the suspect pointed the gun at them to make them get out of the way and fired anywhere from 1-4 shots,” the affidavit states. “After getting the citizens to move, it was reported the suspect said he would kill anyone who tried to stop him and rammed the gate, breaking it open.”
Hendrix then drove off on state Route 65. A citizen sent a cellphone picture of Hendrix to police who were then able to identify him.
Witnesses reported the suspect pointed the gun at them to make them get out of the way and fired anywhere from 1-4 shots.
“It was discovered the suspect is wanted by several different agencies throughout the state for multiple incidents that occurred that day,” the affidavit states. “The suspect is believed to shot at an ambulance on I-15 in Utah County.”
After shooting the ambulance, Hendrix was spotted in Wasatch County by Utah Highway Patrol troopers and led them on a chase, which the UHP later terminated due to safety reasons when Hendrix went through a construction zone, according to the affidavit.
Following the incident in Morgan County, “a manhunt was conducted with multiple agencies and a helicopter,” the affidavit states.
Hendrix was later located under a bridge near 900 South and I-15 in Salt Lake County. He was carrying a gun and marijuana, according to the affidavit.
Hendrix is also a suspect in a case in Heber City involving a domestic violence-related aggravated assault, police stated.
Police have asked that Hendrix be held without bail until the investigations into all the jurisdictions are completed.