BY MELINDA WILLIAMS
Clipper Staff Writer
NORTH SALT LAKE — The alleged robber of a North Salt Lake bank was taken into custody a short time after the robbery on Friday afternoon, but Woods Cross police are still looking for four men they say robbed another bank just two hours earlier.
Jerry Hopes, 55, was booked into the Davis County Jail late Friday afternoon in relation to the North Salt Lake robbery. The Davis County Attorney’s Office intends to screen him on aggravated robbery charges.
Hopes allegedly entered the Key Bank, 1065 N. Highway 89, in North Salt Lake about 3:50 p.m. on Friday, according to North Salt Lake Assistant Police Chief Troy Johnson.
He handed a note to the teller demanding cash and brandished a knife, Johnson said. The teller gave him $1,000 and he left the bank in a vehicle. Bank employees followed him into the parking lot and took pictures of the vehicle as he drove away. A description of the vehicle was broadcast on police radios and a Division of Motor Vehicles officer saw Hopes and followed him southbound on I-15 to 500 West and 300 South in Salt Lake City, where he was taken into custody, Johnson said.
Meanwhile, Woods Cross police are following up several tips and asking for the public’s help in finding four men who allegedly held up the Wells Fargo Bank at 2440 S. 500 West shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon.
Three men entered the bank, according to Woods Cross Police Cpl. Jason Matthews. At least two of them were armed with handguns that they pointed at employees, forcing them to keep their distance. Two took money from the tills while the third suspect held a gun on employees, Matthews said. They took an undisclosed amount of cash.
Witnesses told police a fourth suspected waited in the car, Matthews said.
There were no customers in the bank at the time of the robbery, but there were witnesses approaching the bank as the suspects were leaving, Johnson said.
The men left in a stolen red Honda Civic, license plate number 606URD, police believe. Matthews said police have not recovered the vehicle and are asking the public’s help in finding it.
“This was a particularly aggressive and hostile bank robbery compared to what we usually see,” Matthews said.
Police have examined surveillance video of the three suspects in the bank. One of them is described as a Caucasian male. Police are less sure of the race of the other two, Matthews said. They both have darker complexions. All three wore ball caps and bandanas over their faces. They also were wearing zip-up hoodies. One of the suspects was wearing khaki colored pants.
Police do not believe the robberies are connected.