Rest easy! Authorities say the man will not be charged with trying to stop fleeing robbers.
It appears the robber is a ‘new American’ but there is no mention (as usual) of his nationality or immigration status.
Utah is a refugee-welcoming state so I wouldn’t be surprised if the alleged crook is from a refugee family, maybe from the Sudan.
If anyone finds out, let me know!
Thanks to a reader for spotting the story from Idaho’s KSL East Idaho News:
Police: Utah men rob father and daughter at gunpoint, then father pulls his gun on them
SALT LAKE CITY — Two cousins robbed a girl and her father at gunpoint when the four met up to sell a phone in Salt Lake City on Saturday. Then, the father pulled out his own gun and fired at the cousins as they ran away, jail records show.
One of the cousins, 20-year-old Buk Mawut Buk, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail later that day on suspicion of two counts of aggravated robbery and intentionally giving false information to an officer, according to a police affidavit. Buk’s cousin was a juvenile and his name will not be released, police said.
The girl’s father will not face charges, according to Unified Police Sgt. Melody Gray.
Earlier on Saturday, the girl found an iPhone on a classifieds site and began messaging the seller, who identified himself as “Lil,” jail records state. The girl and the seller agreed that she would pay $290 for the iPhone and planned to meet at 3400 W. 5620 South in Salt Lake later that day.
The girl and her father withdrew the agreed-upon amount in cash from an ATM, then drove to the address the seller had provided about 6:15 p.m., according to a police affidavit. But when they knocked on the door, they didn’t get an answer.
As they returned to their car, two men approached them, brandishing a knife and gun. The two demanded the money, as well as a phone that was sitting on the center console of the father’s car, jail records show. The girl and her father handed over the money and phone, and the pair fled.
As the two ran away, the girl’s father pulled out his own gun and fired three rounds at them because he “was in fear for others’ lives, knowing they had a gun,” according to jail records.
More here. See how he was caught. You will also see that this isn’t Buk’s first run-in with the law.
This story from May demonstrates more of the Buk family’s tendencies toward violence.
I’m just guessing Sudanese ethnicity for this dangerous man, so I wanted to see if Salt Lake City ‘welcomed’ Sudanese refugees and sure enough the city got 350 from the Sudan over the last ten (mostly Obama) years.