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One arrest is made after home invasion

MURRAY — One man was arrested and police were looking for two others following a home invasion robbery in Murray.

Three men in their mid-to-early 20s allegedly forced their way into a home near 5300 South and 300 East about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, said Murray police detective Rob Hall.

The suspects tied up the two male occupants, both in their 50s, and took computer equipment and other household items as well as a van belonging to one of the victims.

Rather than going to police after freeing themselves, however, the victims tried to find the alleged suspects on their own, Hall said.

About 11 p.m., they found one of the suspects working at a local restaurant. The man went with the victims to help look for their stolen property, Hall said.

About 3 a.m., the group located the other two alleged suspects in a South Salt Lake apartment complex parking lot. A scuffle ensued in which one of the suspects brandished a gun and then was hit by one of the victims with a shovel, Hall said.

The two victims and the one suspect from the restaurant left and decided it was time to get police involved. Investigators were called about 4 a.m.

The 21-year-old suspect was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of aggravated burglary and theft. Detectives continued looking for the remaining two suspects Monday evening.

They were also looking for the stolen van, a white 1996 Dodge Caravan with Utah license plate 712-NDP. Hall said investigators believe it was probably abandoned somewhere.

Detectives did not believe the home invasion was the result of drug or gang activity but they do not believe it was a random incident, either. The suspects and victims possibly had some contact with each other in the past and the robbery was the result of some past dispute, Hall said. Investigators did not know Monday what the initial dispute may have been.


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