DRAPER, Utah (ABC4 News) – A man is behind bars after police say he robbed a tanning salon in Draper. But, police did not have to go far to place him under arrest as they were able to trick him to come to the police station.
The robbery happened around 9:30 p.m. Monday night at the Golden Tan tanning salon in Draper located at 1144 E. Draper Parkway.
Draper Police say 43 year-old William Russell Jackson walked into the salon and as a customer was talking to the 17 year-old female employee he came up behind the customer and pressed, what the woman described as a ‘hard object,’ against her ribs. He then ordered the employee to give him money.
“He implied he had a gun by his actions. He didn’t say he had a gun. He just implied it,” said Sgt. Chad Carpenter with the Draper Police Department.
The employee handed him $170, he demanded the customers car keys, and took off in her white 2014 Mercedes 300. The vehicle was later found.
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During their investigation police collected surveillance footage from nearby businesses and a TRAX station nearby. Working with the Utah Transit Authority Police Department a UTA officer was able to identify Jackson as a man he had had an interaction with.
“He recognized the suspect, Mr. Jackson, as someone who had made a report with him about a stolen wallet,” said Sgt. Carpenter.
Police were able to link him to the robberies and theft because the surveillance video showed him wearing the same clothes at the TRAX station as in the robbery.
“He was wearing dark clothing, and a heavy nylon black-colored coat with the fur around the hood and snow boots,” Sgt Carpenter said.
Instead of going to him, officers devised a cunning plan to get him to come to them. They had the UTA officer call the suspect.
They called him and said ‘we located your wallet,’ to get him to get to the police station so he can be arrested. That’s when he realized he had been caught.
Once at the station police questioned him and showed him the evidence.
“That’s when he realized he had been caught,” Sgt. Carpenter said.
Police say he admitted to the crimes post Miranda. Police say he was able to describe the robberies in detail and told police where he had left the customers stolen vehicle — which he had abandoned a few blocks away. He was taken custody Wednesday afternoon and tonight sits in the Salt Lake County jail facing 2 counts of aggravated robbery and one count of vehicle theft.