Police arrest man who threatened woman with knife during carjacking in Bloomington

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ST. GEORGE — A man was arrested Tuesday morning after committing two counts of aggravated robbery and attempting to avoid arrest.

The suspect has been identified as Trayvin Bruce Jensen, 28, who has a history of drug possession and distribution charges, according to Utah court documents.

Trayvin Bruce Jensen was arrested for aggravated robbery and theft of a vehicle, St. George, July 10, 2018 | Photo courtesy of St. George Police Department, St. George News

St. George Police officer Anthony Ott responded to reports of a possible carjacking on Bloomington Drive around 1 a.m. Tuesday. The victim reported that she and her granddaughter had just arrived home from Salt Lake City and were unloading the vehicle when her granddaughter noticed a suspicious person walking through the neighborhood.

When they had finished unpacking she drove the vehicle into the garage where she was met by a tall, skinny, white male wearing a striped grey hoodie, dark baggy pants and dark shoes, according to the probable cause statement.

Jensen told her to give him the keys to her charcoal 2016 Buick Enclave, but she refused. The two began physically pushing each other, the victim pushing Jensen twice. After being pushed the second time, Jensen removed a silver knife with a 5-inch blade from his pants. Jensen threatened her with the knife saying he would hurt her if she did not give him the keys. The victim gave Jensen her keys and he drove away in an unknown direction.

Shortly after taking the car, Jensen went to the Chevron gas station on Riverside Drive where he threatened the sales clerk, saying he had a gun, and told him to hand over the contents of the cash drawer. Jensen then reached into the pocket of his hoodie, removed an unknown object and pointed it at the employee. The clerk gave Jensen the money from the cash register and Jensen left.

Dispatch contacted officials from OnStar, an in-vehicle safety and security system, who said the vehicle was on Telegraph Street in Washington City. Police located the vehicle in the McDonald’s parking lot. A man fitting Jensen’s description exited the vehicle and began to enter the restaurant when he noticed police units approaching.

Jensen then got back in the vehicle and drove away. He averted a traffic stop that police attempted and drove away at high speed. Police pursued the vehicle south on 3050 East, reaching speeds up to 90 miles per hour.

OnStar attempted to turn the car off twice but was unsuccessful. Jensen jumped out of the moving vehicle near 2700 East and Riverside Drive, and ran north through the neighborhood. Police pursued on foot. Jensen climbed over two walls before police used a stun gun on him and he fell into a small swimming pool. Police then took Jensen into custody.

The victim of the carjacking identified Jensen as the one who had robbed her earlier that night.

After receiving medical clearance from Dixie Regional Medical Center, Jensen was transported to the St. George Police Department where he admitted to most of the accusations and wrote an apology letter to the victim, according to police.

Jensen was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and theft of a motor vehicle by St. George Police.

The Washington City Police Department and Adult Probation and Parole added charges for actions that occurred in their jurisdiction including theft of property, failure to respond to officer’s signal to stop, failure to stop at the command of a law enforcement officer, interference with arresting officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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11 Comments

  • Real Life July 10, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Idiots like this need to be more careful pulling off brazen crimes like this in states that allow conceal carry. It’s a shame he didn’t get slug in his you know what.

    • RadRabbit July 10, 2018 at 10:17 pm

      Exactly! This lady needs to arm herself,especially for women its a great equalizer. Hopefully they lock this scum bag up for a long time.

  • 42214 July 10, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    This crook deserved more than a stun gun.

  • 42214 July 10, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    Mike P, I bet you were there and witnessed the whole thing. Tell us how it went down.

    • Mike P July 11, 2018 at 11:19 am

      42214. Sorry, but unlike you, I don’t comment on stuff I know nothing about.

      • 42214 July 11, 2018 at 12:57 pm

        Then I guess we’ll never hear from you again.

        • Mike P July 11, 2018 at 10:02 pm

          42214, You guessed wrong. What a shocker

  • Carpe Diem July 11, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Wow, second tazer takedown in a week!? Wish SGPD and WACO deputies had bodycams. Lucky he faceplanted into a kiddie pool instead of the concrete gutter.

    Throw the book at him!

  • No Filter July 11, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Sounds like you just copied the police report for your news article, really lazy writing. Also why did you use the officers name on the article, they have a public relations officer for a reason. Way to put that officers info out there to the public. This lady needs fired STGNews!

  • Kilroywashere July 11, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Picture says it all. This person derives his self esteem from being a thug. It’s as if he is posing for a graduation photo. This guy needs a few years to think about things and to reevaluate the meaning of his life. However he just may be the kind of guy that enjoys incarceration. Seems to take pride in his mugshot, that is for sure.

  • LunchboxHero July 12, 2018 at 8:29 am

    “…wearing a striped grey hoodie…” Ah yes, the hoodie. The standard uniform of the all-American thug! I feel so bad for this lady.

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