Multiple convenience stores robbed overnight; 4 arrested after chase

SALT LAKE CITY — Police chased down and arrested four people after multiple convenience stores were robbed at gunpoint in the Salt Lake Valley early Tuesday, officials said.

About 1:45 a.m. police responded to a robbery at the 7-Eleven located at 1285 N. Redwood Road in Salt Lake City. Witnesses said four people were involved — three of them entered the store, brandished three guns, threatened the clerk, took money and fled in a car that the fourth person was driving.

Four similar robberies were then reported within about two hours at convenience stores in Salt Lake City, Magna, West Valley City and South Jordan. The descriptions of those involved were about the same in all robberies — four men in their late teens or early 20s wearing black clothing, one with a red bandana. They fled in a silver Lexus.

About 3:45 a.m., West Valley police spotted a car matching the description of the one used in the robberies and tried to pull it over near 12600 South and Bangerter Highway. The car sped away, and officers pursued it north on Bangerter Highway at speeds over 100 mph at times, police said.