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High-Profile Murder Suspect Has Utah Ties

High-Profile Murder Suspect Has Utah Ties

Posted - Dec. 7, 2004 at 4:19 p.m.



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Sandra Yi ReportingSandra Turley: "He just seemed like a very normal guy. A young guy that had a lot of money."

Authorities in several states are on the lookout for a murder suspect, who has ties to Utah. It’s a high-profile Arizona murder and police are searching for a suspect who may be near you. He bought a gun here last month.

Police have linked the crime in Arizona to a Utah man, Jason Derek Brown, who has lived in the Sugarhouse area. We've learned he also bought a gun and took a firearm class here in Utah, just weeks before the shooting.

Det. Tony Morales, Phoenix Police Dept.: “What we do know is that this is a very dangerous, violent individual. As you know, our victim was basically ambushed and in a cold-blooded manner, executed.”

High-Profile Murder Suspect Has Utah Ties

Phoenix police believe the murder was carefully planned out. On November 29th Robert Palomares, a 24-year old armored car guard was shot and killed as he walked out of an Arizona movie theatre, with a bag of money.

911 Tape: "The guy has been shot at least six times. I think he's dead. Shot most of the times in the head."

Physical evidence on a bike linked 35-year old Jason Derek Brown to the crime. Phoenix police say he had been staying at a local hotel. Just three weeks before the shooting Brown passed a background check and bought a 45-caliber handgun at a Kearns gun store. Two days later he completed a concealed weapon permit class at the same location.

W. Clark Aposhian, Firearms Instructor: “He said he needed to leave town and I think he indicated that he was going to go to Southern California.”

Aposhian took a picture of Brown for the class.

W. Clark Aposhian: "I've taught thousands and thousands of people, and they've never committed such a crime. It's extremely disturbing to me that I would have even this loose of a connection with him."

Police believe Brown may have gone to California. His last known Utah address is a home in Sugarhouse. Neighbors say the home has sat empty for the past year, but they remember Brown as a nice guy with a lot of flashy toys. Sandra Turley's cousins knew him.

Sandra Turley: "It's just really odd to think that someone two doors down can be charged with murder. It would be a shock to anyone."

Police believe Brown is driving a black or silver, 2003 BMW, M3 with Utah license plate 1-4-8-M-F-L.

Police in Phoenix say Brown has had very minor domestic violence issues in California, but nothing as violent as murder.

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