Fugitive escapee Michael Jay arrested in Salt Lake

Michael Jay

A work furlough inmate who went missing Nov. 21 was located and arrested Thursday, Dec. 1.

At approximately 10:30 p.m., members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force and State Sheriffs located and arrested 38-year-old Michael Jay.

Jay was tracked to the area of the Salt Lake Shopping Center fronting Longs Drugs and identified Jay in a parked vehicle. Marshals and Sheriffs approached the vehicle to apprehend Jay at which time Jay resisted arrest and fought with officers. After a brief struggle Jay was taken into custody without further incident.

Photo courtesy Dept. of Justice
Photo courtesy Dept. of Justice

Two other individuals who were on scene and identified as being with Jay were arrested by Sheriffs on unrelated outstanding state warrants for probation and traffic offenses.

The vehicle Jay was arrested in was seized as evidence by FBI Task Force Officers for further investigation of possible federal offenses. He was transported and booked into the Federal Detention Center pending court appearance Friday afternoon in U.S. District Federal Court.

Jay was wanted by U.S. Marshals on a federal arrest warrant stemming from his escape from state custody. He was also wanted by Sheriffs regarding the escape incident that triggered the issuance of the federal warrant.

Jay is a previously convicted federal felon for felon in possession of a firearm, robbery, and use of a firearm during a crime of violence. He is a member of the USO Family prison gang with a state record of 11 convictions and 20 arrests to include assault, resisting arrest, escape, and burglary in addition to the three federal firearms related convictions.

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