Man pursued in Newpark
Summit County Sheriff’s deputies have been unable to locate a Newpark Hotel guest who led them on a foot chase Saturday afternoon in the Newpark and Redstone area after he was suspected of credit card fraud.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the suspect used a stolen credit card and the card owner contacted the hotel after his financial institution notified him of the transaction. An employee of the Newpark Hotel then approached a deputy at approximately 12:30 p.m. to report the incident.
While investigating the claim, the alleged suspect climbed through a window on the fourth floor and scaled the building before fleeing, prompting the foot chase. He reportedly ran in and out of businesses in the area to evade police.
Several deputies and law enforcement officials from outside agencies descended on Redstone, combing the area on foot and in vehicles in an attempt to locate the suspect. The Utah Highway Patrol and Park City Police Department also responded.
"When we have a containment, we’ll have a lot of people doing different things. We’ll have them at exits, circulating the area, going to the businesses and talking to people," said Casey Bates, a detective with the Sheriff’s Office. "We did it to see if we could contain him in that area, but unfortunately after a time it was determined he was probably not in the area."
Bates said traffic wasn’t stopped or rerouted and pedestrians were still allowed to move freely throughout the area as the search continued.
Later that afternoon, a witness reported seeing the suspect near some dumpsters by Pizza Hut on Ute Boulevard, but he ran away before deputies could apprehend him, according to the Sheriff’s report. The suspect also attempted to hire an UBER driver to pick him up and drive him to Salt Lake City, Bates said.
Deputies searched the area several times throughout the day on Saturday, but the suspect was not located. As of Monday afternoon, he was still at large.
Bates said deputies will continue to search the area and use "investigative techniques" to gather information about the suspect in an attempt to identify and locate him. The suspect is described as a 6-foot-tall black man. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.
Bates said there is not any further information available about the suspect or his connection to the Salt Lake City area.
"That’s what we are trying to find out," Bates said.
Anyone with information about the suspect or his whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office tipline at 1-800-828-TIPP.
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