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.
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.
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.”
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.
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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