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Police seek help identifying man wanted in robberies, carjackings

SALT LAKE CITY — Police are seeking a man they believe is responsible for three robberies and two carjackings in the past week in Salt Lake County.

Investigators need the public's help identifying the man, the Unified Police Department said Tuesday.

The man is described as black, in his early to mid-20s, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and has a thin build, Unified police detective Ken Hansen said in a statement. The man is considered armed and dangerous, Hansen said.

The man allegedly hijacked two vehicles at gunpoint and crashed into 12 other vehicles in a span of nine minutes Friday in Salt Lake County. The vehicles were hit in three separate crashes, the first of which occurred while the man was driving a stolen vehicle, according to police. No officers were chasing the man at the time.

Also Friday, the man committed two other armed robberies at gunpoint, according to Hansen. The victims in those cases told police that he pointed a gun at them, "demanding their purse and PIN numbers," the detective said. Additional details about those robberies were not released.

On March 15, the same man robbed a Deseret First Credit Union, 4645 S. 2700 West in Taylorsville, Hansen said. That robbery was also carried out at gunpoint, he said.

Anyone with information about the man's identity or his whereabouts can call Unified police dispatch at 801-743-7000.

— Ben Lockhart