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W. Valley Police Offer Rewards in Two Cases

W. Valley Police Offer Rewards in Two Cases

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Sandra Yi ReportingPolice in West Valley are asking for your help in solving two cases where elderly women were viciously attacked and left for dead. There are rewards in both cases.

You may recall, an elderly woman was brutally beaten in her home last month. A few weeks later a volunteer at a church was stabbed and robbed. Police hope someone out there has information that can help solve both cases, and will call them.

Johnson: "He took the keys to my car. He hit me and I'm bleeding all over." Operator: "Okay, just stay on the phone with me. Hold on just a sec. West side! Aggravated armed!" Johnson: "He stabbed me. I'm really bleeding." Operator: "You're bleeding?" Johnson: "Yeah." Operator: "Okay, hold on."

Jill Johnson called 9-1-1 moments after she was stabbed four times by a man who demanded her money. On January 3rd Johnson was volunteering in the food pantry at Granger Community Christian Church when her attacker walked in wearing a ski mask. He took off in her Cadillac, which hasn't been found.

Buzz Nielsen, West Valley City Police Chief: “It would suggest that either it’s not in the area, either it could be in a garage, it could be in a warehouse, it could be out in a field somewhere, stripped.”

Police say they have no strong leads, and today announced a $10,000 reward.

Chief Buzz Nielsen: "He's a bad person, and somebody knows where he is out there, and has information on this case."

A similar reward was also offered in connection with a home invasion and robbery in West Valley last month. Family members say the suspect assaulted the victim, 85-year old Georgina Anderson, kicking her in the chest 30 to 40 times.

Police released a composite sketch, of the suspect. Investigators say it's too early to tell if the same man is responsible for the crimes.

Chief Buzz Nielsen: "There's a slight possibility it could be the same person, but we don't have a lot of evidence to tie those two together yet."

If you have any information on either case, call West Valley City Police.

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