Authorities arrest woman in Ivins who allegedly hid shooting suspect from police

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SALT LAKE CITY – A woman suspected of assisting the suspect in a Riverton shooting was found and arrested in Ivins Monday.

Keria Jessica Hartley-Johnson, 35, bookings photo | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

According to a tweet by the Salt Lake City Police Department, detectives learned that Keria Jessica Hartley-Johnson, 35, allegedly assisted Justin Llewelyn in avoiding capture by police.

Llewelyn was wanted for allegedly firing at two officers and shooting a homeowner earlier this month.

In a probable cause statement released in Utah’s 3rd District Court, police stated that while conducting an investigation on Llewelyn, they interviewed an individual who stated that they heard Hartley-Johnson brag about how she had allegedly successfully hidden him from police. The interviewee also stated that Hartley-Johnson had made plans to transport Llewelyn to a hotel in Beaver Dam, Utah. The interviewee also told police that Hartley-Johnson had bought Llewelyn a cell phone.

Police said that on Jan. 21, the interviewee began cooperating with police in their efforts to locate Llewelyn. On Jan. 24, the individual allegedly received a call from Hartley-Johnson. In a voicemail, she threatened the individual with violence, and advised him to, “run and hide,” the probable cause statement said.

A warrant was issued for her arrest, and she was taken into custody by police in Ivins.

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  • Caveat_Emptor January 30, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Capturing Llewelyn was a great cooperative effort among the various law enforcement agencies along the Wasatch Front. This guy had been photographed so many times over his “career” that the police and the public had excellent references. Many were surprised that he was captured in Spanish Fork, thinking he probably headed out of state, and might have, if this women had been successful……….
    Shooting at LEOs and shooting the homeowner raised his profile for his upcoming prison stay……..

  • LocalTourist January 31, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Good job by lots of police agencies. As far as this piece of work, THIS is where civil asset forfeiture should happen– taker her house (where she hid him), take her car (that she transported him in), and take her bank account (just because).

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