3 arrested in connection with alleged gang-related Layton shootings

Thursday , July 05, 2018 - 10:10 AM

FARMINGTON — Police have arrested two 18-year-olds and a juvenile in connection with multiple shootings in Layton that took place in previous weeks. 

Alex Chase Lopez, a Layton resident, and Talia Chalise Aguinaga, both 18, were arrested and booked in Davis County Jail early Tuesday morning.

Lopez was booked on two counts of attempted murder, a first-degree felony; one count of possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person and two counts of felony discharge of a firearm, all third-degree felonies. 

Aguinaga was booked on counts of attempted murder, a first-degree felony; obstruction of justice and felony discharge of a firearm, both third-degree felonies. 

The arrests were made in connection to three shots fired calls in Layton that police have responded to in recent weeks. There were no injuries and it was unclear if property damage was sustained during the shootings. 

The first shooting happened on June 22 at Quail Cove Apartments at 2090 N. Hill Field Road.

The next shooting took place on June 29 at Ridgewood Estates, 2875 N. Hill Field Rd, for what was believed to be a retaliatory drive-by shooting in response to the June 22 incident.

The most recent incident was on July 1, when police were sent to Glen Avenue for a third shooting believed to be in retaliation to the June 22 shooting, according to a probable cause statement.

Police believe the shootings are gang-related and that Lopez was the one to pull the trigger during the latter two shootings. 

Information from two confidential informants led police to Lopez. Police determined the informant was credible when he took officers to the location of the Glen Avenue shooting without any “prompting or direction” from the officer, according to a probable cause statement. Police also found a 9 mm handgun with shell casings that matched those found at the scene of the Glen Avenue shooting.

Later in the investigation, police say they determined that Lopez was the shooter in the Ridgewood Estates and Glen Avenue shootings. Police determined this based on statements from “several” confidential informants, the statement says. 

Lopez was taken into custody a day after he was admitted to a local hospital for an apparent drug overdose. Police say he’s an “admitted gang member that is in a feud with rival gang members,” the statement says. 

On July 2, Aguinaga was interviewed by police regarding the three shootings, where she denied knowing anything. After she was released, a “reliable confidential informant” told police she was involved with the third shooting, and she later admitted to being the driver, according to a probable cause statement. 

Aguinaga allegedly told police she dropped off two men near the site of the Glen Avenue shooting, and a short time later they returned and said they “just shot up the house,” the statement says. 

Aguinaga denied knowing about the shooting ahead of time.

Police also found a 9 mm round in the trunk of Aguinaga’s vehicle on July 2, a day prior to her arrest date, the probable cause statement says. 

The second alleged shooter is said to be a juvenile, who was arrested and is the custody of a juvenile detention center, according to Layton Police Lt. James Petre. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, Aguinaga is being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond, and Lopez is being held without bail. 

Both have yet to be formally charged as of Wednesday. Neither has been given an initial appearance date in Farmington’s 2nd District Court or assigned a judge. 

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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