Armed Robbery Suspect Captured in Rock Springs

The suspect in a Utah armed robbery was captured in Rock Springs Tuesday morning. According to Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell, the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a stolen 2018 Chevrolet Traverse with a Utah license plate in the area and the driver was a suspect in an armed robbery. The vehicle, equipped with an on-board electronic tracking device, was located in Rock Springs and Deputy Sheriff David Henderson, assisted by other deputies and Rock Springs police, was able to stop the Traverse and arrest 46-year-old Richard Brandon Mendoza. Mendoza finally complied with instructions when the K9 officer was readied for deployment. Sheriff Lowell says they are working with Utah authorities on the investigation. Using a knife, Mendoza forced a man in Brigham City to drive him to an ATM earlier that day in the early morning hours with the intent to make the man withdraw money for him. At the bank the man was able to get away and Mendoza took the vehicle. The OnStar system in the vehicle made it possible to catch Mendoza quickly. He is now in custody at the Sweetwater County Detention Center in Rock Springs.

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.