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Tips lead police to arrest of public enemy No. 1

By Pat Reavy, Deseret News

Published: Thu, Aug. 21 11:35 a.m. MDT

 Charley Louis Sanford, 28, has been named the Salt Lake Metro Gang Unit's newest Public Enemy No. 1. Investigators say Sanford is a member of a violent prison gang who recently escaped from a federal halfway house.

Charley Louis Sanford, 28, has been named the Salt Lake Metro Gang Unit's newest Public Enemy No. 1. Investigators say Sanford is a member of a violent prison gang who recently escaped from a federal halfway house.

(Metro Gang Unit)

SALT LAKE CITY — Hours after the Salt Lake Metro Gang Unit released the name and photo of its newest Public Enemy No. 1, a member of a violent prison gang who recently escaped from a federal halfway house was behind bars.

Numerous tips from the public led police to Charley Louis Sanford, 28, who was arrested Thursday in Ogden night and booked into Weber County Jail.

Sanford has a criminal record that includes convictions in both state and federal court. He pleaded guilty in 2012 in 3rd District Court to attempted assault by a prisoner. He pleaded guilty that same year in another case to giving false information, and in yet another case to felony drug possession.

Most recently he was sentenced in 2013 to 21 months in federal prison for bank fraud, according to court records. He was ordered to be placed on supervised release for five years following his prison sentence, during which time he was not allowed to have any drugs or alcohol and was ordered to continue with both substance abuse and mental health treatment.

Sanford was also sentenced to federal prison in 2006 for using a firearm while committing a violent crime, court records state. But in 2010, he walked away from a halfway house, was recaptured, convicted of escape and given a new sentence.

— Pat Reavy

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1. mcclark
Salt Lake City, UT,
Aug. 21, 2014

He will be hard to find, he looks so normal.

2. rvalens2
Burley, ID,
Aug. 21, 2014

"Sanford has several distinguishable face and neck tattoos including lightning bolts on his left cheek ..." - Pat Reavy

Those aren't lightning bolts on his left cheek.

They are Nazi SS symbols. They stand for "Schutzstaffel." The SS was a paramilitary organization under Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.

Schutzstaffel translates to "Protection Squadron" or "defense corps."

3. Shimlau
SAINT GEORGE, UT,
Aug. 21, 2014

The emblems on his cheek are not just lightning bolts, but the emblem of Hitlers SS. that would be much more in line with the swastika on his other cheek. and your right, he should blend in well with the general public.

4. BYU Track Star
Los Angeles, CA,
Aug. 21, 2014

I'm sure Heavenly Father loves him despite his poor life choices.

5. FatherOfFour
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT,
Aug. 21, 2014

It is hard to stand in front of a judge and say "I didn't do it" when you look like that.