A man wanted in a fatal hit-and-run incident in a Home Depot parking lot has been arrested, Cedar City police announced Wednesday.
Cedar City resident Jacob Schmidt, 25, was taken into custody Wednesday during a traffic stop. He was booked into the Iron County Jail and charged with murder, a first-degree felony. Police believe Schmidt intentionally struck the victim.
On Sept. 8, a citizen reported Schmidt’s vehicle as abandoned just west of Cedar City on a dirt road hidden behind a tree, according to a press release. Investigators gathered evidence and information from witnesses and the vehicle, which led to them identifying Schmidt.
The hit-and-run incident
On Sept. 7 at approximately 7 p.m., Cedar Communications received a 911 call regarding a pedestrian that was hit in the Home Depot parking lot by a car that fled the scene, according to a press release.
Officers arrived on scene and provided medical help to the victim, a 37-year-old male, before EMS arrived. The man was transported to the Cedar City Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. His identify will not be released until family notifications have been made.
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The suspect was a driving a gray/silver older model Dodge Stratus with no license plates, and the passenger rear tire was either a spare or missing the hubcap.
The suspect was reported as possibly an adult white male with dark hair wearing a bandanna covering his face.
“The Cedar City Police Department would like to extend its sympathies to the victim’s family for their loss,” the press release states. “We would also like to thank everyone that has provided us with tips and information.”
Kaitlyn Bancroft reports on faith, health, education, crime and under-served communities for The Spectrum & Daily News, a USA TODAY Network newsroom in St. George, Utah. You can reach her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter @katbancroft.
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