Salt Lake City police are investigating a shooting with “multiple casualties” at the Seasons Hotel in Pebble Creek Apartments on June 6. Four individuals are charged with a housebreaking robbery that resulted in the death of one of the alleged perpetrators. (Jay Hancock, KSL-TV)
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SALT LAKE CITY — Four people have been charged in connection with a chaotic incident in which police say they attempted to commit a housebreaking robbery that ended in a shootout and the death of one of the attackers.
Police were called to Seasons At Pebble Creek, 1616 W. Snow Queen Place (1675 South) in the Glendale area around 7:00 pm on June 6, following a report of a shooting. Anthony Whitley, 19, was found with multiple gunshot wounds inside one of the blocks and died at the scene. According to the indictment, two pistols and several shell casings were found “scattered around the living room”.
Three victims also left the scene in two cars. Two of these victims, an 18-year-old man and a 19-year-old man, were shot to death. A third man, aged 21, was also treated at a local hospital after being shot.
According to recently released information in the indictment documents, five people, including Whitley, were involved in a plan to rob and attack two brothers living in the apartment.
One of the brothers was in contact with Malibu Rose Mawson, who “adamantly wanted to see him,” according to the indictment documents. The police later said they learned that Mawson was pretending to be romantically interested in a man so she could walk through the door and then let the others into the apartment.
The brother told police he hesitated at first, but later invited Mawson to come to his apartment. Shortly after she arrived, there was a knock on the door and three masked men, later identified as Whitley, Eric Virgen and Preston Luke Olson, entered, according to the allegations. A fifth man, Jaron Andersen, was waiting outside the apartment in a car, police said. Wheatley and Virgen are accused of pulling pistols from their belts after they entered.
“At least two men pointed guns directly at (brother) and started yelling at him,” the indictment documents say.
The man told police that the attackers “asked him for something, and (he) didn’t know what they wanted.” The thugs also said they were going to kill him and continued to beat him with fists, kicks and pistols, according to the indictment. Police say Olson told them he was looking around the apartment for items to steal while Wheatley and Virgen attacked the man.
After a while, the man’s brother arrived at the apartment. He recognized Mawson, his ex-girlfriend. He then saw the intruders point their guns and recognized Virgen from the youth group’s home. The brother told police that he lunged at Virgen and grabbed him, but not before being shot in the chest, according to the allegations. Both brothers then got into a fight with the group and were able to take the weapon from one of the intruders.
A firefight followed, including, according to court documents, the brothers opened fire on the invaders with weapons they had seized. Wheatley was killed in the exchange.
The two brothers ran out of the apartment after the shooting and left. However, on their way to the hospital, they got lost and stopped at 1150 S. Redwood Road to stop another car.
A second car containing Olson, who was also shot, was found at 60 S. Redwood before he was also taken to a local hospital. According to the indictment, Mawson and Virgen fled to Cedar City.
Andersen, 19, from Herriman Thursday; Olson, 18, from Washington; Virgen, 18, from Springville; and 20-year-old Mawson of Springville were charged with aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; and aggravated assault, a felony in the second degree.
No charges have been filed in connection with Whitley’s death.