Police: Man kidnapped car salesman on test drive, refused to return vehicle, went on high-speed joy ride

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT –A man in Salt Lake City, Utah is under arrest after he allegedly kidnapped the car salesman and took him on a joyride around town.

The incident started when Caleb Robert Gibson walked into a car dealership and asked for a test drive.  As is normal, the test drive was granted, and the salesman went along with Gibson for the drive.

According to the arrest affidavit:

“The A/P [accused person] went to a car dealership to test drive a vehicle.  The victim, who was the sales associate with the dealership, was with the A/P when the A/P was conducting a test drive.”

The salesman must have been surprised to realize that Gibson allegedly had no interest in buying the car, but rather using it to complete different trips throughout the city.  When the salesman told Gibson to return to the dealership, he refused.

The salesman had no clue what Gibson was allegedly up to and grew more concerned that he might face harm if he did not receive help.  As a result, the salesman tried convincing Gibson to return to the car dealership or he would call 911. 

The salesman told Gibson that if he did not stop and go back to the dealership that he was going to call 911.  This did not phase Gibson as he then allegedly began driving recklessly, reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour and rolling the windows down while on the interstate. The affidavit said:

“The victim told the A/P that he was going to call 911.  When the victim was on the phone with the 911 dispatcher the A/P started driving 100 mph on the freeway, turned the music up and rolled all the windows down.

“The victim believed that the A/P was doing this so that the dispatcher could not hear him to provide his address.”

The salesman continued his plea to go back to the dealership, but Gibson allegedly turned the music up and lowered the windows so that he was drowned out by the noise.  The salesman, who was not named, then called 911 asking for help.

A Utah State Trooper was dispatched and was able to locate the vehicle Gibson was allegedly driving and effected a traffic stop.  When the trooper made contact with Gibson, he or she heard a much different, yet completely less believable account.  The affidavit said:

“Utah Highway Patrol located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop.  Post Miranda, the A/P stated he was scared of the sales associate because he kept yelling at him and grabbing the steering wheel trying to have him pull the vehicle over.

“The A/P stated that he was scared to stop the car and kept driving.”

Police did not buy Gibson’s account of not stopping because he was scared of the salesman and placed him under arrest for kidnapping.  He is currently being held in the Salt Lake County Jail where he is being held without bond.

No one really knows what Gibson’s reasoning was for basically stealing a car and taking the salesman on a joy ride.  After all, he claimed that he was not kidnapping the salesman, he only kept driving because he was scared of him. 

However, the salesman is concerned that there may be some type of issue when Gibson is eventually released from jail.  What, if anything Gibson does when he is released remains to be seen.

The salesman in this case is concerned of Gibson retaliating against him when he is eventually released from jail.  The victim believes that Gibson knows where he works and is afraid that he will come to the dealership to “cause problems.” 

Phoenix family gives away everything teen owns after high-speed joyride in family’s Range Rover

PHOENIX AZ –Parents in Arizona had gone on vacation to celebrate their anniversary out-of-town. 

While celebrating their anniversary, they received a phone call from the Phoenix Police Department, informing them that their 14-year-old son had stolen their vehicle and taken it for a joyride. 

The end result, the child had to give up all of his belongings as a punishment.

Ramon Martinez said that his son, Angel Martinez, needed to learn a lesson about taking things that do not belong to him and the consequences of his actions. 

As a result, Ramon came up with an idea that may actually hurt Angel, without physically hurting him, make him give up all of his belongings. 

And just like that, the plan was set.

Ramon and his wife returned home after the vacation/celebration of their wedding.  They asked Angel why he had taken the vehicle, and as typical, the teenager came up with an excuse, of well, a teenager. 

“I just wanted to drive but I don’t have a license so I just took it,” he said.  “I can was the car, and I was like I don’t have anything to dry it, so I’m gonna take it for one spin until it dries.” 

Sounds like a perfectly reasonable excuse to steal a vehicle and take it for a joyride, after all, at a house with those amenities, just for the child, certainly there are towels somewhere in the house available.

So, Angel stole his parent’s Range Rover, an expensive vehicle, and proceeded to drive it recklessly through his neighborhood.  In doing so, it caused the neighbors concern of the speeding reckless driving wreaking havoc in the area and police were called. 

When police arrived, they made contact with Angel and contacted his parents who were less than pleased with the information their son had stolen the vehicle.  They rushed home to deal with the situation and teach the child a lesson that will last a lifetime.

 Today, his room is 100% empty, and we’re giving all of his stuff away.” 

To make matters worse for Angel, Ramon made Angel sit with all of the belongings while people passing by made their selections of his property. 

Hours went by while Angel sat on his bed with a homemade sign that read:

“Sorry I stole my parent’s car and was speeding.” 

All of his personal property, to include clothes, bedroom set and his television were ripe for the taking for anyone who passed by.

Angel’s property did not last long and were taken by various members of the neighborhood.  Ramon said that the idea behind the punishment was:

“Mostly to apologize. We’re neighbors as well.  He could’ve run someone over.  Something really bad could’ve happened.” 

Whether or not the Martinez family will provide any different furniture for their son in the near future is not clear.  What seems to be the reality is that Angel will be sleeping on the floor for the foreseeable future. 

Ramon certainly hopes that Angel has learned his lesson this time since, overall, he got lucky.  He did not get arrested by the police who dealt with him and did not harm himself or anyone else during his escapade. 

When Angel was asked about his father’s version of punishment, he said:

“It’s kind of weird, but I think it’s a fair punishment.” 

Hopefully, Angel has learned his lesson and refrains from stealing vehicles and driving recklessly in the future.  Certainly, he will remember the day when his father made it a point to try to get him on the right path. 

If you think that driver was young… let’s not forget about the one in Utah who got pulled over in May.

Utah police pulled over a car driving along the highway, thinking they had an impaired driver.

It turns out it was a 5-year-old boy driving his parents’ car.

And he told police he was heading to California to buy a Lamborghini.

The Utah Highway Patrol said he made it a handful of miles, from his home in Ogden to I-15’s 25th Street offramp, the Utah Highway Patrol said.

 

 

The boy told police that he left the house after he fought with his mom.  He said she refused to buy him a Lamborghini, so he decided to go get one himself.

“He might have been short on the purchase amount, as he only had $3 in his wallet,” troopers posted on Twitter.

The post from Utah Highway Patrol was complete with a picture of the boy in a gray sweatshirt and patterned shorts, wringing his hands inside his parents’ car.

People suggested that the boy was older, but UHP Sgt. Nick Street confirmed to local outlet KSL that the boy is definitely 5 years old.  He suggested that the angle at which the photo was taken may have made him look older.

Cops didn’t mention a punishment for the boy — but our guess is that his parents have that covered.

School crossing guard, 88, sacrifices his own life to save kids from speeding driver

By Mitch McKinley, February 20, 2020

Kansas City, KS – I never got to walk to school, so I didn’t have a crossing guard. I still remember my bus driver though.  Her name was Debra Kruger.

I have a feeling that most children that walk to school can tell you the name of their crossing guard. At Christ the King Catholic School in Kansas City, KS, 88-year-old Robert James Nill, better known and loved as “Mr. Bob,” was one of the best.

Two days ago, Mr. Bob made the ultimate sacrifice for two of his students when an alleged speeding car careened through the school’s crosswalk.

The Washington Post reported that a few minutes before school started at 8 a.m., two boys in grades third and fifth stepped off the curb in front of the school. It was about five minutes before 8 a.m., five minutes until the first bell rang and Nill’s job ushering kids through the crosswalk would be over for the morning. 

“Mr. Bob motioned for them to step back,” said school principal Cathy Fithian. “He loved the kids. He was very friendly to everyone he spoke with,” Fithian said. “They lit up when they talked to him.”

He saw a black sedan speeding toward them and likely sensed it wasn’t stopping or slowing, despite Nill’s handheld stop sign and the school zone’s flashing lights.

Nill was struck by the vehicle and ultimately succumbed to his injuries.

The two boys came running into Fithian’s office in tears, screaming for Mr. Bob. The principal consoled them and then went outside to find an awful scene as emergency responders swarmed the intersection, she told The Washington Post on Tuesday night.

Reports say the driver was likely speeding but did not flee the scene. The driver was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for injuries.

Nill served in the United States Coast Guard and following his service, went on to a career in banking.

After retirement, he wanted something to look forward to every morning, to get him out of bed. His family told FOX 4 Kansas City that he felt young at heart and didn’t want to spend his golden years sitting around.

“This was something I think he felt like he could help children and help himself feel good about what he was doing,” said Randy Nill, Bob’s nephew. “What he did may same trivial to some people, but he believed that what he did everyday was important.”

Being a crossing guard brought him that joy and sense of purpose. By the outpouring of support on social media, it is apparent that his joy and love of life were contagious.

“Bob was such a fixture at my children’s school,” Connie Lynn Worrell said. “We would wave at him every day and in the morning I always made sure to wave at him after dropping off the boys. This is truly heartbreaking. He will be sorely missed.”

“We don’t want this to happen to anyone else,” Fithian said. “Or to anyone else’s family. Bob’s family, and our school family is suffering.”

Fithian remembered Nill as a community leader and someone the students liked.

“On Valentine’s Day, they had given him gifts and cards,” she said. “We’re blessed to have him in our lives.”

He wore a Kansas City Chiefs scarf while on the job and talked about football with the school custodians. After the Chiefs’ Super Bowl win “he was over the moon,” she said.

The principal also asked that people slow down and pay attention. She said she has seen numerous times that cars have gone around buses with their red lights flashing and crossing arms extended or cars ignoring the school zone speed limit. 

“What will it take? Will it have to be another life lost? Will it have to be a child next time,” she asked? “There is not reason for that to happen, if we all just pay attention.”

The city’s traffic engineer is studying the location to see if there are any changes that can be made to make the intersections around the school safer.

Fortunately, this appears to be an accident. 

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