Man charged with holding up Park City taxi driver with BB gun
A man held up a taxi driver in Park City using a BB gun in mid-December and was captured by the police shortly afterward, prosecutors claim in a charging document filed in Third District Court.
Austen Urry, who is 20 years old and from Midway, faces a charge of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony.
The three-page charging document claims Park City police officers were called to the Wells Fargo bank in the city, located on Kearns Boulevard, on Dec. 17. The police earlier said the report was logged at a little before 10:40 p.m.
The taxi driver called the police and said someone he picked up as a passenger asked to be taken to the bank parking lot, prosecutors said. The taxi driver told the police he picked up the passenger on Main Street. The police earlier said the person told the driver to take him to a gas station and, while en route, changed the destination to the bank.
The passenger pulled out a black handgun when the taxi arrived at the bank, the charging document said. The passenger then uttered a profanity as he told the driver to give him his wallet, threatening to shoot him, according to the prosecutors. The driver quickly got out of the vehicle, ran from the scene and then called for the police, the charging document says.
When police officers arrived, they saw footprints in the snow. They followed them to the Holiday Village Apartments. An officer found Urry hiding behind a Dumpster, the charging document says. The officer drew his gun and told the suspect to stay still. Urry told the officer the weapon was an airsoft gun and it was in his pocket, according to the charging document.
The prosecutors said the weapon was a BB gun. The orange cap had been taken off the gun, leaving the appearance that it was a real gun, according to the charging document.
The taxi driver later identified Urry as the person who robbed him, the prosecutors said.
Urry remained incarcerated at the Summit County Jail late in the week. Bail is set at $25,000. A first-degree felony is punishable by a prison sentence of between five years and life and a $10,000 fine upon conviction. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.
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