MIDVALE, Utah (ABC4) – A firearms theft suspect faces a first-degree felony of aggravated robbery and a second-degree felony of possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person.
Officers were dispatched to Dick’s Sporting Goods in Midvale on March 30 after reports of a robbery at gunpoint.
The suspect, Denzel Swinton, 29, allegedly took the victim’s firearm before fleeing the scene.
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According to the affidavit, the victim was able to capture video of the incident through his dashcam footage. Video shows Swinton briefly chatting with the victim before allegedly pulling out his own firearm and pointing it at the victim’s head, prompting him to surrender his firearm.
From there, Swinton is said to be seen reaching into the victim’s vehicle and snatching the gun from his hands. Swinton then gets into the victim’s vehicle and exits after a short time, demanding the victim’s firearm magazine and allegedly violently grabbing it before returning to his vehicle and driving away.
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The victim followed Swinton and was able to obtain a description from him and directions of his route before escaping safely. After notifying law enforcement, Murray Police located Swinton in his vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. Swinton was found with both his personal firearm, which was used in the robbery, and the victim’s stolen firearm.
Swinton has since been sentenced to the Salt Lake County Jail.