Suspected thief arrested following short chase through park

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Police used a Taser on a man who tried to run away from officers in Salt Lake City Tuesday. Investigators said the man has been connected to a number of theft cases.

Police got a tip that a suspected stolen goods fence was walking through Liberty Park. Carlos Roybal was recognized from a TV news report the night before.

"An officer arrived in the area, and Roybal saw the officer and took off running eastbound," Salt Lake police Sgt. Robin Synder said.

Roybal ran into the area of Lake Street and Belmont Avenue, were there are lots of side streets and back alleys. He was spotted by an officer who had to use a Taser on him after he made threatening moves to her.

But then, something else happened.

"He started coughing and things like that, and finally admitted there was something in his system," Snyder said.

Roybal admitted he swallowed some drugs while running away. He's being treated at the hospital; but after that, he will be taken in on three felony warrants for theft by receiving.


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