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Salt Lake City Police respond to five different incidents with weapons

Sep 26, 2022, 7:30 PM | Updated: Dec 29, 2022, 11:25 am

Salt Lake City police took two individuals into custody last week for investigation into a stolen v...

Salt Lake City police took two individuals into custody last week for investigation into a stolen vehicle and several stolen packages. (Salt Lake City Police Department)

(Salt Lake City Police Department)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department had a busy Monday. In all, SLCPD responded to five different incidents Monday involving weapons.

“Individually, these calls for service can happen any day and our officers do an extraordinary job of responding to them,” said Chief Mike Brown in a news release. “But today, across all three of our patrol divisions, our officers had to manage several high-priority calls for service in a short period of time. This certainly placed a significant strain on our patrol officers and put them at risk of injury. But, as our community would expect, they did an excellent job handling these situations quickly and safely to help ensure the safety of our community and I’m proud of their work.”

Stolen firearm recovered

Just before 10:30 a.m., police were notified of an individual trespassing at a business in the area of 1700 W. North Temple.

When police arrived, the suspect, identified as Marcus Rouse, refused to cooperate with law enforcement personnel. Instead, the suspect began fighting with police. Authorities were safely able to take the suspect into custody. 

However, they found a weapon inside the suspect’s backpack. It was later determined that the weapon was stolen. 

Police say the suspect was booked in the Salt Lake County Metro Jail for investigation of defacing a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm. He was also booked for investigation of obstruction of justice, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person.

This handgun was seized by Salt Lake City Police on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. It was later determined to be stolen.
Photo credit: Salt Lake Police Department.

Weapons seized at Highland High School

Also, just before 10:30 a.m., Highland High School Resource Officers, with SLCPD, seized two loaded firearms from two students at the school.

According to a news release, the suspects were booked into the Salt Lake County Juvenile Detention Center for investigation of possession of a dangerous weapon on school premises and possession of a weapon by a restricted person.

Pictured is one of two guns seized by police at Highland High School on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022.
Photo credit: Salt Lake City Police Department.

More weapons: Aggravated assault at an area motel

Police responded to a stabbing at a motel in the area of 1900 S. State Street at 11:21 a.m. Upon arrival, law enforcement personnel found the victim, who had been stabbed in the leg. 

Officers began rendering aid to the victim.

During the investigation, authorities discovered the two individuals involved in the incident knew each other and had gotten into an argument. According to a news release, as the victim began to ride away on a bicycle, the suspect allegedly grabbed a knife and threw it at the victim, striking them in the leg.

Police say no arrests have been made in the case. However, they are working to locate the suspect. 

Assault with a box cutter

Police were notified of a person inside a business at 400 W. 500 South with a box cutter at 12:16 p.m. 

As officers were en route to the scene, they were informed the suspect had allegedly assaulted a woman inside the business with a box cutter.

A security guard confronted the suspect, who has been identified as Magalay Buwa, 27. According to the news release, the suspect allegedly threatened to kill the security guard and any police officer who responded. 

As officers arrived on the scene, the suspect fled the scene and ran across the street. 

Police say the suspect was eventually taken safely into custody. He was booked into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail for investigation of aggravated assault and failure to stop.

This box cutter was seized Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, by police after they say it was used to assault a woman in a Salt Lake City business. Photo credit: Salt Lake City Police Department.

Individual with a weapon

Police received a call of an individual walking along the road allegedly with a large knife in his hand. Police say the suspect was walking in the area of 1300 S. State Street at 12:21 p.m.

Officers were able to safely take the suspect, Alfred Tipo, 19, into custody. He was booked into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail for investigation of possession of a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct.

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Salt Lake City Police respond to five different incidents with weapons