Man tries to car-jack two cars, but can't drive stick, police said

Wednesday , January 27, 2016 - 6:22 AM6 comments

By LORETTA PARK Standard-Examiner staff

NORTH SALT LAKE --- A 20-year-old Bountiful man tried to rob two men of their vehicles, but was unable to get away because he was unable to drive a stick-shift, police said.

North Salt Lake Police booked Elias Gunther Blas in the Davis County Jail on two counts of aggravated robbery, first-degree felonies; one count of theft, a second-degree felony; possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor; possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor; giving false information to police, a class B misdemeanor, and two warrants out of 3rd District Court.

He is being held in lieu of a $25,000 bail. The Davis County Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case before filing formal charges in 2nd District Court. 

The events began about 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, when a man drove to meet someone about an online ad in a parking lot in the area of 1000 N. 500 East, North Salt Lake, said Detective Rob Gwin. 

The man exited his car when Blas approached him, showed him a knife and demanded the man’s keys, Gwin said.

The man gave Blas his keys and Blas drove away in the car. About the same time, a friend of the victim drove in the parking lot and saw what happened, Gwin said. The friend called 911 and the victim got into his friend’s car. They drove around the building and saw that Blas “couldn’t go anywhere in the car,” Gwin said.

According to the probable cause statement filed with the Davis County Jail, Blas got out of the car and ran over to the other car, pounded on the windows, trying to get into the car. The men drove around Blas until police showed up. 

Neither victim was hurt and they told police they believed the reason Blas didn’t get away was because the vehicle was “a stick shift,” Gwin said. 

North Salt Lake Police has safe exchange zones at its station at 17 S. Main St., North Salt Lake,  for people to meet who are buying or selling items online, Gwin said. 

You can reach reporter Loretta Park at lpark@standard.net or at 801-625-4252. Follow her on Twitter@LorettaParkSE or like her on Facebook.

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