NORTH SALT LAKE -- A man who claimed to have a gun is charged with a first-degree felony for taking another man's BlackBerry and a $5 bill.
Curry Kenneth Auvaa Solipo, 24, of Bountiful, was arrested and booked in the Davis County Jail on Thursday. He is charged with robbery, a first-degree felony, and is being held in lieu of a $25,000 bail. If convicted of the robbery charge, Solipo could be sentenced to serve five years to life in the Utah State Prison.
Police arrested Solipo in the backyard of the house where he was staying in Bountiful, according to a probable cause affidavit that was filed in 2nd District Court.
They found a prescription bottle "with a green leafy substance next to him," according to the document. The officer could smell marijuana and found a glass pipe.
According to the police report, the robbery occurred in North Salt Lake on Sept. 30, 2012. North Salt Lake Police Lt. Troy Johnson said the victim in the Sept. 30 robbery identified Solipo from photos.
Solipo was with two other men in a white car, Johnson said. The victim was walking through the Foxboro neighborhood when a car pulled up and Solipo jumped out, threatening to shoot the man if he didn't give him money. The victim never saw a gun.
Solipo "then physically went through victim's pockets, took $5 and the cellular phone, then left the scene," according to a court document.
Johnson said a West Bountiful police officer was near the area investigating an earlier theft of beer at a 7-Eleven convenience store. The store clerk told officers that three men in a white car had left the store without paying for the beer.
The images from the 7-Eleven surveillance video matched the photo identified by the robbery victim, police said.
West Bountiful police submitted the beer theft case to the Davis County Attorney's Office to be reviewed for formal charges.