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Man accused of killing teenager stole guns 2 days earlier, police say

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SALT LAKE CITY — A St. George man already charged with killing a 14-year-old girl now faces additional charges of helping teens steal guns prior to the shooting.

On July 10, Anthony Vega, 18, was arrested for allegedly shooting a 14-year-old girl in the head and killing her. He was charged that same day in 5th District Court with murder, a first-degree felony; obstructing justice, a second-degree felony; possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony; and giving false ID to police, a class C misdemeanor.

Vega was with approximately half a dozen other teens and young adults and was playing with a gun, “pointing it at several individuals while pulling the trigger” when the girl was shot, according to a police affidavit. St. George police have declined to release the girl’s name.

On Thursday, Vega was charged with six additional felonies, including four counts of theft and burglary of a dwelling, first-degree felonies; vehicle burglary, a third-degree felony; and contributing the delinquency of a minor, a class B misdemeanor.

Investigators learned that two days before the fatal shooting, on July 8, “Anthony and the other juveniles had stolen multiple firearms from a vehicle and attached garage of a residence,” a police affidavit states.

Vega was interviewed by detectives and he admitted that he and an undisclosed number of teens found an open garage and an unlocked car, according to the affidavit.

“Anthony admitted to being given one of the firearms, removing one of the firearms from the property and keeping it with him for some time,” police wrote in the report.

He is scheduled to be back in court on the murder charge on Aug. 28.