Police & Fire

Intentional hit-and-run suspect taken into custody

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.”

SLCPD asks for public’s help in locating hit-and-run homicide suspect

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