WEST VALLEY CITY — A 16-year-old boy was kidnapped, robbed, shot multiple times, and dumped out of a car, police said.
Investigators released more information Thursday regarding the discovery of a shooting victim in front of a strip mall Wednesday afternoon near 7135 W. 3500 South.
A 16-year-old boy was found lying in the sidewalk next to the road. He had been shot several times in the stomach and legs, said West Valley City Police Sgt. Mike Powell.
The teen, whose name was not released by police, was taken to a local hospital in very critical condition. He was upgraded to stable condition Thursday, Powell said.
Brandon Carl Montoya, 28, arranged a drug deal between the 16-year-old and two other men, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report. The 16-year-old was going to sell 20 Hydrocodone pills to the three others, the report stated.
The group met inside a vehicle near 6700 West and 3800 South. As they were driving, one of the buyers in the front seat pointed a gun at the teen in the backseat and demanded his pills, according to the jail report. When the boy refused, the man in the front seat shot him multiple times.
The vehicle then pulled to the side of the road, according to the jail report. Montoya pulled the victim out of the car and onto the sidewalk. The car then took off with the other two men still inside, the report stated.
When police arrived, Montoya originally told detectives he discovered the shooting victim while walking by. He later admitted to purchasing prescription medication from another man who sold the Hydrocodone pills to the 16-year-old, the jail report stated.
Throughout the night, police followed leads and rounded up all three suspects, the vehicle they drove and the weapon believed to have been used in the shooting. The three men were arrested at separate times starting Wednesday night and going into Thursday morning.
Montoya, Robert Salvador Apodaca, 22, and Gilbert Vigil, 19, were booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of attempted murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping and obstruction of justice.
Montoya was charged in 3rd District Court earlier this month with felony possession of a forged prescription. A warrant was issued for his arrest last week for failing to show up in court. He was convicted of felony robbery and burglary in 2001, according to court records.
Apodaca pleaded guilty to an amended charge of misdemeanor drug possession in August. As part of his plea deal, his original charge of a third-degree felony was reduced to a class A misdemeanor and two other misdemeanor drug-related charges were dismissed. He was placed on probation.