SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department asked the public for help in locating a man accused of intentionally killing 61-year-old Victor Hershberger. The accused, 53-year-old Robert Boyatt, was arrested by SLCPD and taken into custody on July 6; he was found at a Tooele County campground.
Boyatt faces a first-degree felony murder charge, a second-degree felony obstruction of justice charge, a third-degree felony failure to remain at an accident involving death charge, and a misdemeanor for driving on a denied license.
Allegedly, Boyatt and Hershberger knew one another, and Boyatt was looking for him leading up to his death.
The booking affidavit states that witnesses saw a red 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier on 1000 North make “an immediate U-Turn” and strike Hershberger, who riding a scooter. Witnesses reported that the man later identified as Boyatt, fled the scene.
Hershberger died at the scene.
Boyatt’s Chevrolet was found and was reported to have front-end damage.
On Thursday night, law enforcement located Boyatt in Grantsvillle where he attempted to evade arrest.
ABC4 reported, “Police reportedly used SWAT, a drone, K9 teams, and a tactical rescue vehicle to apprehend Boyatt due to “Boyatt’s past criminal record and the likelihood that he would run from police.”