Salt Lake police arrested a man Tuesday charged with trying to kill a Sandy man who responded to a phony newspaper advertisement.
Officers have been looking for the man since Frank Connelly was shot four times on March 1. The suspect has been using the name James Morris, but investigators doubt that is his real name."We still don't know who he is. He's still not talking to us," said Salt Lake Police Lt. Jim Bell.
Detectives have asked the FBI to check his fingerprints and try to determine his true identity. "We'll find out who he is and what he has to hide," Bell said.
Morris was arrested about 11 a.m. Tuesday while he was unloading a truck near 2100 S. 1840 West. He had been working for PST Vans Inc., and police were tipped off about his presence.
Police booked him into the Salt Lake County Jail on a warrant charging him with attempted murder, a second-degree felony. He was booked under three names: James Morris, John Doe and Terry Stevens. He was apparently using the latter name when the shooting occurred.
Connelly told police he responded to a classified advertisement seeking applicants for a vice president position with a Fortune 500 company. After an interview at the Little America Hotel with a man who identified himself as Stevens, Connelly agreed to give Stevens a ride to the airport.
On the way, the interviewer asked Connelly to stop at Pax Fertilizer, 580 W. 1300 South. Police later learned the man had worked there and used the name of Terry Stevens. While the two were at Pax that evening, Connelly was shot in the neck, stomach and shoulder.
Investigators believe the man may have been after a new Ford Explorer Connelly had been driving.
Homicide detectives served a search warrant Tuesday afternoon at 1040 E. Harrison Ave., where Morris has been living. They seized papers and articles of clothing, including a suit. Both Connelly and the man who shot him were dressed in suits when the shooting occurred.