WEST JORDAN Utah (ABC 4News) – A woman’s refusal to back down from Terry Black helped put the suspect
Black is accused ofraping and murdering Sierra Newbold.
But it was an odd set of circumstances that got West Jordan police on Black’s trail.
The woman who didn’t want to be identified tells ABC 4 News that she ran into Black moments after he
allegedly robbed a Wells Fargo Bank in West Jordan.
“I saw my friend’s Jeep outside the bank and then saw him (Black) get in it,” she says.
About an hour earlier the woman says her friend’s SUV was stolen. And while she was at the bank depositing her company’s daily receipts she saw Black carrying a pink bag get into the stolen SUV.
"I pulled right next to it (vehicle) because it was stolen,” S.C. says. “He tried to get into the
car and I told him it's not his car to get out."
But she says Black ignored her and got in the SUV. The woman refused to back down and told him to away
from the vehicle.
“He walked away, grunted something at me and walked away,” S.C. says. “I followed him and took pictures
Bank tellers called police following the robbery.
And a detective who was investigating Sierra Newbold's murder answered the call.
“When he heard this callcome out of the robbery his hair stood up on the back of his neck and he knew
he needed to respond," Chief Doug Diamond told reporters Tuesday.
Black was arrested and the detective saw patches of charcoal on Black's clothing.
He remembers the burned out field where Sierra was raped.
They get Black's DNA and it matched to evidence found on Sierra.
Some are calling the woman who took on Black outside the bank a hero for refusing to back down and giving police his description and the direction he fled.
“When I heard he was arrested for Sierra’s murder, I cried and cried,” S.C. says. “I’m no hero, if I
had saved her life maybe then. But I was too late. I’m just glad he’s off the street and can’t hurt other children.