David Fresques, 25, was apprehended by a police officer in South Salt Lake after the suspected killer crashed a stolen pickup truck into a parked car, officials said. The responding officer -- unaware, at first, that the man behind the truck's wheel was wanted for murder -- ultimately recognized Fresques and took him into custody.
According to a probable cause statement filed by Unified Police, Fresques goes by the name of "Twisted" and the accused killer of 3 is now in jail.
"Mr. Fresques is extremely dangerous individual so I think the public can rest a lot easier now that we have him in our custody," says Sheriff Jim Winder. "It could have been a very dangerous and a bad situation."
Wednesday night Fresques allegedly hit a vehicle parked on Fenton Avenue in South Salt Lake. The vehicle was owned by Brenton Banks.
"He hit my car and kept on driving," says Banks. "His wheel came off and tried to drive it. He almost hit a couple of other cars."
But Banks and other neighbors surrounded the driver of the vehicle when it came to a stop.
"I didn't know he was but he looked suspicious," says Banks. "Something didn't feel right. Luckily we kept him at bay."
Banks says police arrived moments after they surrounded him. And he says the driver gave the police a fake name.
"He was saying what did I do?" Banks says. "What did I do."
But the South Salt Lake officer soon realized who he had before him and with the help of back up officers took Fresques into custody.
Fresques is accused of being the triggerman inside the home where three people were killed and a fourth person was wounded.
According to a probable cause statement, a witness told police "'Twisted' came into the house and shot a female."
The probable cause statement claimed another witness saw Fresques enter another part of the home and began shooting again.
"'Twisted' opened a door where a female and witness were and shot her."
One of those killed was Danielle Lucero. A brother-in-law was shocked with the brutality of her death.
"I was sad and very saddened and then I was very angry," says Matthew Montoya.
"And I was pretty much like we need to find out find out who done this and bring them to justice."
Montoya says Lucero was a parent who had a troubled past but kept trying to straighten her life.
"She was a beautiful person," Montoya says.
Meanwhile the sheriff is not satisfied with the arrest of Fresques. He says they still want information on the second suspect.
"It does not resolve this case," he says. "We are still seeking a second suspect."
But police have no identity of the second suspect. The sheriff says Fresques is not cooperating.
Police weren't immediately certain how Freaques acquired the stolen pickup. Upon crashing into the parked vehicle, the truck's front passenger-side tire broke completely off its frame.
Authorities have been searching for Fresques since Tuesday, shortly after the victims were shot inside the drug house -- located at 8200 South and 500 West in Midvale. Investigators initially called Fresques a 'person of interest' in the case, but now firmly believe he was the primary gunman. Another suspect, who authorities have not identified, remains at large.
Killed in the shooting were Omar Jarman, 35, Shontay Young, 34, and Danielle Lucero, 26. A fourth person, another woman, was also shot but survived. She remains in the hospital with serious injuries. Police said four other adults were inside the house at the time of the shooting, but they were not hurt.
Fresques faces charges of murder, aggravated homicide, attempted aggravated homicide, aggravated burglary, and possessing a firearm illegally.
Detectives are still trying to piece together exactly what happened inside the Midvale home Tuesday morning. however, they believe Fresques arrived at the house and entered into an altercation with one of his associates. And although officials said Fresques was a primary perpetrator in this crime, they still aren't sure whether he shot all four people.
Police said Fresques has a criminal history that includes robbery, assault, forgery, and drug offenses. He served prison time on the convictions of robbery and assault, officials said.
Early Thursday, authorities continued to try and locate the second suspect, for whom they don't have an identity. Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to contact authorities at (801) 743-5851.
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