Charley Sanford

Charley Sanford

OGDEN -- How does somebody become Public Enemy No. 1? It doesn't hurt to have Nazi and devil horn tattoos, but escaping from custody while being a violent drug offender is a start.

Charley Louis Sanford held the title of being Utah’s most wanted man for a brief period on Thursday, before being arrested a few hours later after a foot chase in Newgate Mall. 

Sanford, 28, was arrested by South Ogden police officers at about 8:30 p.m. Sanford’s arrest was confirmed by Salt Lake County Unified Police spokesman Lt. Justin Hoyal and later by South Ogden Sgt. Trent Olsen.

Unified and South Ogden police were tracking Sanford after he was spotted in the Ogden area. Unified police officers momentarily lost Sanford before South Ogden officers caught up with him, Hoyal said. They had last seen him at about 3600 S. Wall Ave., according to a South Ogden police press release, heading toward the mall while riding as a passenger in a silver Subaru Outback.

South Ogden officers, joined by Ogden police and Weber County sheriff’s deputies, conducted a traffic stop on the Subaru outside the mall. Sanford saw he was cornered and ran from the vehicle into the food court, where he was captured “after a short struggle with officers,” the press release said.

No one was injured in the pursuit or arrest. The driver of the Subaru, a woman who is otherwise unidentified, was questioned by police and released.

Sanford’s mugshot had been put out by Salt Lake Unified Police only hours before, and several people who recognized Sanford from news reports tipped off police.

Sanford’s most recent offense was escaping from a federal halfway house, but his criminal history runs back almost a decade. 

The 28-year-old has a history of armed robbery, with his first federally charged offense in 2006 after he robbed a West Valley City bank, according to court documents. He was sentenced to federal prison for five years, but had his stay extended for multiple charges of assaulting guards and trying to escape custody.

After his release from prison, Stanford was busted multiple times for drug possession as well as assault, all while on probation.

He is held in the Weber County Jail without bail on suspicion of drug and paraphernalia possession, interference with arrest, and failure to stop at the command of an officer.

Sanford will make his initial appearance in the 2nd District Court of Ogden on Monday.

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