Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

Sandy police arrest 2 men suspected of armed home invasion

By Morgan Jacobsen, Deseret News

Published: Sun, May 18 6:22 p.m. MDT

 Andrew Perry Russell

Andrew Perry Russell

(Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office)

SANDY — Two men were arrested during the investigation of an armed home invasion in Sandy that took place early Thursday.

The suspects were identified as Kenneth Colton Foote, 21, and Andrew Perry Russell, 20.

Foote was arrested Friday at his place of employment. Russell was arrested Saturday at a Midvale residence. Both were booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, impersonating a police officer and theft.

The incident that led to their arrest began about 12:30 a.m. when a resident of an apartment at 745 E. Lazon Drive (9140 South) heard a knock at the door. The resident asked who was at the door and the individuals outside identified themselves as police, according to Sandy Police Sgt. Jon Arnold.

The resident looked through the peephole, but a flashlight shining through the other side kept him from seeing who was there. As he started unlocking the door, the men outside kicked it in and entered the house. The resident told police they had bandana-style masks pulled over their noses as well as hats on their heads; only their eyes were visible, Arnold said.

One of the intruders was carrying an assault-style rifle and the other had a handgun, according to police.

The two men started yelling at the resident and asking for items. When he wasn't cooperative, they started physically assaulting him, threw him to the ground and bound his hands with zip ties, Arnold said.

The intruders then started going through the residence.

"They were looking for different property items," Arnold said. "They were also looking for some illegal drugs."

While the two men searched the house, the resident saw the open front door, ran out and began yelling for help. The two intruders then left the apartment and fled.

During the scuffle, a hat was knocked off one of the intruders, and the victim recognized the individual, Arnold said.

Later in the investigation, an employee of an army surplus store recognized the description of what the suspects were wearing and connected it to two individuals who had purchased similar items Wednesday evening. Police were later able to identify the suspects from surveillance footage at the store.

The victim also recognized both men, with whom he was previously acquainted, police said.

A search of court records indicates Foote pleaded guilty in 2013 to possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, theft by receiving stolen property and unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon. In 2012, he pleaded guilty to burglary and robbery.

Court records also indicate Perry pleaded guilty in 2013 to joy riding and theft by receiving stolen property. In 2012, he pleaded guilty to burglary and robbery.

Email: mjacobsen@deseretnews.com

1. U-tar
Woodland Hills, UT,
May 18, 2014

Never ending supply of punks.

2. cjb
Bountiful, UT,
May 18, 2014

These guys are lucky they are not dead. There are many homes in Utah where they would have been killed for such a stunt. Given that anyone can claim to be the police, police would be wise not to do no knock warrants or similar unless its an absolute necessity. Arresting a drug dealer doesn't count. That's how a policeman got killed in Ogden several months ago.

3. kiddsport
Fairview, UT,
May 19, 2014

Apparently Utah courts have a revolving door policy regarding violent offenders.

4. midvale guy
May 21, 2014

we seriously need to reform our court system. These gentlemen had offenses is latest 2013 and are still running loose on the streets. I would also guess that drugs are probably involved. There should have been mandatory probation which includes drug testing for a lengthy period after any of these types of offenses given the age of the offenders. It's time we look very closely at the judges we choose to keep during the elections. Nobody really follows these candidate that closely but it definitely affects the quality of life for all of us. Most judges get voted back in consistently when really the opposite should probably be the norm.

5. Tilka
May 21, 2014

If they were looking for illegal drugs and they know each other, isn't the guy attacked likely a drug dealer?