Police Beat: May 1-8



Lt. Messick reported the majority of last week’s incidents were medical in nature, providing an example of individuals falling down while attending the BYU Women’s Conference.



May 3 – A man was arrested after an investigation of vehicle theft. On May 2 around 10:00 a.m., patrol officers made a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle. The driver told the officers he did not know the vehicle was stolen, and a man named Jonathan Kunz had asked him to drive the car to Salt Lake City. The man then told police Kunz was driving a stolen Toyota Highlander.

The vehicle was verified with the Salt Lake Unified Police Department as a white 2015 Highlander. Kunz and a female accomplice were lured to Provo by police to recover the stolen vehicle and fled the scene when confronted by police. They fled west on 300 South and struck a house at 924 West, smashing through the front of the home and into a bedroom. Kunz remained in the vehicle and fled north on I-15.

The Utah County Sheriff’s Office monitored Kunz fleeing north on I-15 via a fixed wing aircraft and then joined the pursuit on ground through Utah County. The pursuit was terminated safely in Alpine with no harm to anyone involved.

Kunz was booked into custody by the Provo Police Department on May 3 on suspicion of committing the following offenses:

  • Theft by receiving stolen property
  • Failure to stop at the command of an officer
  • Driving with a measurable controlled substance
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Criminal mischief
  • Failure to remain at the scene of an accident
  • Reckless endangerment
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Receipt or transfer of a stolen vehicle (2 counts)
  • Speeding

Kunz was a wanted fugitive at the time of his arrest. Investigators are currently sorting through a considerable amount of stolen property recovered from the two stolen vehicles and matching it to current burglary and theft reports.


Sexual Assault

May 4 – Around 5 p.m., three different accounts of sexual abuse involving a child were reported to Orem city police. These separate reports were issued between 600 West and 120 East.

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