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Man in road rage case 'had no business being on street,' police say

WEST JORDAN — Police say a man arrested Monday in an apparent road rage shooting "had no business being on the street."

Joseph "Cyko" Granados, 33, of West Valley City, was arrested for investigation of attempted murder after police say he shot a man while driving before getting into a high-speed chase with officers who were attempting to arrest him.

Police believe the 43-year-old man who was shot in the neck was picked completely at random by Granados and didn't do anything to prompt the shooting, said West Jordan Police Lt. Richard Bell. Granados brandished a gun at the man before chasing after him, ramming into his vehicle and forcing him to crash into a parked vehicle, and then firing multiple rounds at him, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report.

When he was arrested following a chase, Bell said Granados "showed numerous signs of being under the influence" of an unknown substance. The man who was shot, who was later listed as stable at a local hospital, told investigators that Granados was "swerving all over the road" prior to engaging with him.

Granados was charged in May in 3rd District Court with causing a riot, a third-degree felony, and assault for an alleged fight inside a West Valley restaurant in 2015.

In April, a no bail warrant was issued for Granados' arrest on charges of failing to stop at the command of a police officer. Granados was spotted punching another driver at the intersection of 3100 South and 4800 West, according to charging documents. The officer recognized Granados as a suspect in another shooting investigation, according to the charges.

At the time of the April incident, Granados also had an active criminal case on charges of felony hit-and-run causing serious bodily injury, DUI, reckless driving and having no license, according to charging documents. A jury trial for that case was scheduled to begin Monday. A warrant was issued for Granados' arrest when he failed to show up for court.

In 2011, Granados was convicted of assault with serious bodily injury. He was also convicted of failing to stop for police in 2006 and 2009.

In 1999, when he was 17, Granados was convicted of attempted criminal homicide, according to court records.


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