Man arrested for carjacking, assault

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CEDAR CITY – The Cedar City Police Department arrested Brian Vanburskirk, 30, after a transportation deal in exchange for drugs went awry.

Brian Vanburskirk, Cedar City, Utah, booking photo posted June 9, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff’s Office, Cedar City News
Brian Vanburskirk, Cedar City, Utah, booking photo posted June 9, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff’s Office, Cedar City News

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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  • Brian June 10, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Kids: How many times have we told you. Don’t. Do. Drugs. And while you’re at it, don’t believe the lies that there is such things as harmless drugs, like pot or alcohol (or pornography). Addiction is never good.

  • SSfreeze June 10, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Porn is not bad Brian.

    • KanabCowgirl June 10, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Are you CRAZY?! Porn is bad PERIOD! Brian is right! It is an addiction. Porn in my eyes is disrespectful of every single woman on this earth.
      How dare men look at other women who are not their spouse.
      While I’m on the soapbox another word to you addicts. There will come a day when you will regret making the choices you have and there will be nothing you can do to change it so change now if you can

    • Mean momma June 11, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      No Freeze the sexual exploitation of women is not bad at all…. Keep telling yourself that, Creep.

  • ladybugavenger June 10, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Freeze! You’re believing lies…

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