WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A man is behind bars Friday after attempting to out run police, but there is a twist. When the man was arrested he admitted to robbing a guest at the hotel. However, when police went to investigate the supposed victims said that wasn't the case.
Police say it all started when they saw two vehicles take off from the Extended Stay America at 2310 City Center Ct., in West Valley and started driving recklessly. “The vehicles appeared to be chasing each other and cutting each other off, “said Sgt. Todd Gray with the West Valley Police Department.
Police say it was that reckless behavior that led to a car chase which only lasted for about five blocks, with police targeting the more aggressive driver. “It went into a driveway of a home at a dead end street off of 2800 South and Redwood Road,” said Sgt. Gray.
Nicholas Anderson, 41, was behind the wheel, but once he stopped he jumped out and tried to run off. However, he was quickly caught and told police something interesting. “He admitted he was one of two individuals who had just taken part in a robbery at the hotel room at the extended stay where they went into a hotel room and did a strong armed robbery for an outstanding drug debt with the occupants of the hotel room,” said Sgt. Gray.
Police say he admitted to stealing the victims black Honda Civic and some other items. However, when police confronted the victims they denied that anything happened. “They do not want any part of it. They denied there was any kind of a robbery. The people were there, they knew them and said that nothing occurred,” said Sgt Gray.
Now some hotel guests are shocked to find out an alleged robbery took place while they were in bed sleeping, but say some things can't be prevented. “It’s uncomfortable, but maybe if I would have known something maybe I would have reacted. It's a big city, I don't like big cities, “said Oscar Olivas a guest staying at the hotel.
Luckily no one was hurt, but Anderson was arrested for an outstanding warrant and evading an arrest. As for the other driver he was initially stopped by police but then let go.