CEDAR CITY – The Cedar City Police Department arrested Brian Vanburskirk, 30, after a transportation deal in exchange for drugs went awry.
Vanburskirk was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with one first-degree felony for aggravated robbery – specifically carjacking – and three class-B misdemeanors for theft, assault and a warrant.
According to the probable cause statement filed in connection with the arrest, Dallin Davis borrowed a friend’s vehicle to give Vanburskirk a ride to a motel in exchange for drugs.
Later, Davis found out that Vanburskirk was not going to give him the drugs, and asked him to get out of the vehicle. Vanburskirk proceded to punch Davis several times and told him to pull over and give him the vehicle.
“Davis began to call 911 when Vanburskirk took Davis’s phone from him,” Officer Adams of the Cedar City Police Department said in the statement. “Vanburskirk had a rifle with him and pointed it at Davis.”
Davis exited the vehicle and ran to his house for help.
According to the statement, Cedar City Police found both Vanburskirk and Davis at Davis’s home.
“I noticed Davis’s mouth was bleeding and he had a fat lip.” Adams said in the statement. “I noticed Vanburskirk’s knuckles on his hand had fresh cuts and red marks on them.”
Davis’s story was confirmed, but officers were unable to locate the gun.
Vanburskirk was booked into Iron County Jail. According to booking information, Vanburskirk’s bail stands at $10,427.
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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