Alleged Armed Credit Union Robbery Suspect Captured via GPS and Prosecuted
SALT LAKE CITY – A federal grand jury in Salt Lake City returned an indictment charging a
previously convicted felon with armed credit union robbery and firearm charges after he allegedly stole over $3,000.
According to court documents, on September 25, 2023, Robert L. Durazo, 41, of Salt Lake City, robbed Golden West Credit Union, located at 769 E. South Temple Street, in Salt Lake City. Upon entering the credit union, Durazo, wearing a face covering and an orange construction sweatshirt, brandished a Glock 19 handgun, and pointed the firearm directly at four employees. Durazo instructed the employees to move backwards and demanded money from three separate tills. Durazo collected the cash and fled the scene. Each of the three tills contained a GPS tracking device inside of the stolen money.
The GPS devices were monitored remotely and a Volvo, later identified as registered to Durazo, was tracked to a Chevron gas station in North Salt Lake City, Utah. The responding officer observed a male across the street from the Chevron, later identified as Durazo, digging into a garden. Officers recovered a large sum of money, three tracking devices and a Costco receipt buried in the garden. The Costco membership number on the receipt was later confirmed to belong to Durazo. Officers located the Volvo registered to Durazo parked at the Commons on 2nd apartment complex located in South Salt Lake City.
Pursuant to a search warrant for Durazo’s apartment, officers recovered over $2,000 in cash and a black Glock 19 handgun, which resembles the same gun used in the robbery. Durazo was arrested and an additional $151 in cash was found on him.
Durazo is charged with armed credit union robbery, using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and felon in possession of a firearm. Durazo is scheduled for his initial court appearance on Oct. 5, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. in courtroom 8.4 before a U.S. Magistrate Judge at the Orrin G. Hatch United States District Courthouse in downtown Salt Lake City.
U.S. Attorney, Trina A. Higgins, of the District of Utah made the announcement.
An FBI Task Force Officer with the Salt Lake City Police Department is investigating the case. Assistant United States Attorney Carlos A. Esqueda for the District of Utah is prosecuting the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.
An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.