Caught on camera; police arrest 4 after unraveling Walgreens carjacking plot

ST. GEORGE – Police arrested four people following an alleged assault and carjacking in a St. George parking lot Saturday night after an investigation into the incident revealed the crime was not a random act but instead a not-so-carefully planned plot leading back to one St. George woman.

Chelsey Taylor, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Aug. 29, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Chelsey Taylor, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Aug. 29, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

At approximately 7:30 p.m., police responded to a report of four men fighting in the parking lot of Walgreens located at 391 W. St. George Blvd.

When a man driving a blue Ford Mustang pulled into a parking stall, three men boxed his car in, assaulted him and took some of his belongings, St. George Police Sgt. Spencer Holmes said. The assault then turned into a carjacking as the three men fled the scene in the Mustang.

An officer in the area later spotted the Mustang on St. George Boulevard pulling into a motel parking lot.

Police apprehended the three men believed to be involved in the carjacking.

David Lee Davenport, of Parowan, Utah, booking photo posted Aug. 29, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
David Lee Davenport, of Parowan, Utah, booking photo posted Aug. 29, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

After interviewing the three suspects, identified as Patrick Joseph Bayles, of St. George, David Lee Davenport, of Parowan, and Carl Vernon Eugene Fowlkes, of St. George, police learned the incident was not a random act.

The interviews led officers to question Chelsey Taylor, of St. George, a co-owner of the Mustang who the man thought he was meeting up with in the Walgreens parking lot.

“She arranged for that co-owner to show up at a location in St. George to meet her,” Holmes said. “Instead of her showing up to meet that person, three other individuals arrived, took the vehicle and some belongings from the victim with force.”

Carl Vernon Eugene Fowlkes, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Aug. 29, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Carl Vernon Eugene Fowlkes, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Aug. 29, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Taylor basically employed Bayles, Fowlkes and Davenport to take the vehicle illegally, Holmes said, along with some other items from the man “by whatever means possible.”

“After the vehicle was taken, the victim was hit with the vehicle as they fled, and was injured as a result of that assault,” Holmes said, adding that at some point Fowlkes swerved at the man and it’s believed he intended to assault the man with the car.

The man sustained minor injuries from the assault and theft of property from his person.

Taylor, Davenport, Fowlkes and Bayles were arrested on second-degree felony robbery charges and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

Patrick Joseph Bayles, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Aug. 29, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Patrick Joseph Bayles, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Aug. 29, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

In addition to the robbery charge, Fowlkes, the driver of the vehicle during the carjacking, was charged with third-degree felony aggravated assault charges due to his “apparent attempt to hit the victim with the vehicle as it left the scene,” police said.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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8 Comments

  • tcrider August 31, 2015 at 8:38 am

    This really looks like some of saint georges finest, I bet this really impressed prospective home buyers for the area, both the ones that witnessed the event, and ones reading the news.

  • sagemoon August 31, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Creeps!

  • campgirl August 31, 2015 at 10:02 am

    I know this girl she is the victim here the guy behind the wheel claiming to be the victim is her abuser and though it’s not the way it should have been handled kudos to her!! She needs to make better choices with the company she keeps and start thinking more of herself.

    • fun bag August 31, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      what happens in the trailer park should stay in the trailer park. tell your friend…

      • campgirl August 31, 2015 at 4:38 pm

        She’s not my friend just someone I know from a distance thank goodness.

    • ladybugavenger August 31, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      Once you conspire to retaliate with robbery your friend becomes a felon. And if he was abusing her, as you say, thats no excuse for robbery, maybe it could be used in a plea bargain. But there is no excuse for what your friend did. She was wrong!!! Out of control they are! Losers!

  • anybody home August 31, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Ah, yes, St. George, the land of decent, clean living…

    I’m forwarding every story like this to Donald Trump so he can see that it’s really just white trash committing all those crimes he’s worried about. Maybe he’ll want to build a wall around Utah.

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