Suspicious man at large after police chase

St. George Police officers search for suspicious man near The Mesas condominiums, St. George, Utah, March 25, 2014 | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – A man with multiple warrants for his arrest led St. George Police officers on a chase Tuesday afternoon. The man fled on foot after being approached by officers and as of 3:30 p.m. had not yet been located.

St. George Police officers search for suspicious man near The Mesas condominiums, St. George, Utah, March 25, 2014 | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News
St. George Police officers search for suspicious man near The Mesas condominiums, St. George, Utah, March 25, 2014 | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News

Just before noon on Tuesday, Robert Cruz, Jr., of St. George, was riding his bike near 400 East St. George Boulevard when St. George Police officers stopped to talk to him, Police Sgt. Sam Despain said.

“A couple of our officers recognized an individual who was riding his bike down the street,” Despain said. “They recognized him and knew that this gentleman had some warrants for his arrest.”

After the officers tried to make contact with Cruz, he fled on foot and a chase ensued.

Police searched for Cruz in areas between 400 East and Target on River Road in St. George.

“Our officers gave a short pursuit in trying to make contact with him because of the warrants,” Despain said.

St. George Police officers search for suspicious man near The Mesas condominiums, St. George, Utah, March 25, 2014 | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News
St. George Police officers search for suspicious man near The Mesas condominiums, St. George, Utah, March 25, 2014 | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News

At approximately 12:30 p.m., officers were clearing backyards near The Mesas condominiums on River Road, situated between the Skywest Corporate Headquarters building and the Troon Park office complex.

Authorities concluded their search at approximately 1:20 p.m., at which time Cruz still had not been located.

“We tried to do what we could to find and locate him, but apparently he had fled the area and we weren’t able to find him,” Despain said.

The public is asked to call the St. George Police Department at 435-627-4300, if they have any information regarding Robert Cruz’s whereabouts.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by the authorities and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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9 Comments

  • I thought it was weird. ... March 25, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    So this tattooed guy running with his shirt off through the red cliffs mall parking lot could’ve been him? Cuz there is no description…..

  • anothermom March 25, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    A picture would help with leads.

  • Annoyed March 25, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    More like he fled on his Bike, they had him right there and he jumped the curb with his bike. It was common sense to surround the subject instead of all chasing him from one direction….. DUHHH

  • Annoyed March 25, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    He was FAST on his BMX Bicylcle.

  • Annoyed at Annoyed March 26, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Hey Annoyed- you should go join the police force so you can show them how it’s done. You are a genius!

  • DoubleTap March 26, 2014 at 9:52 am

    ANNOYED is FAST on his SKATEBOARD.

  • My Evil Twin March 26, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Why the devil isn’t there a pix or two posted of this guy?

  • right violaters March 26, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    I’m kinda glad they lost him he was on a bike an they couldn’t catch him an what exactly made him suspicious other than warrants sgpd needs help bad there tactics suck an service sucks they should be investigated like west valley was they violate so many individual rights an civil rights they need help on there department before the city gets sued majorly

  • Mary March 26, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    No picture. Doesn’t state what he is wanted for and so on.

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