Suspects in WVC road rage incident face attempted murder charges

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – Three people are in custody after a road rage incident turned into a police chase Saturday night, and the victims tell police the suspect fired a shot at their vehicle after being told there were children in the car.

According to a statement of probable cause, things began around 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the area of 4100 South and Bangerter Highway as a car came up behind a couple and began honking their horn and riding the other vehicle’s bumper.

When the car pulled up alongside the victims, a woman in the passenger seat rolled down a window and told the suspects there were children in the car. The suspect reportedly pulled out a rifle and said “I don’t care.”

The suspect vehicle then allegedly dropped behind, and the suspects fired a shot at the victim’s vehicle. No one was injured.

wvc-road-rageA short time later, police spotted the suspect’s car and tried to pull the vehicle over, but the suspects fled from police. After a short chase, police performed a Pursuit Immobilization Technique, or PIT maneuver, stopping the vehicle in an intersection and preventing any pedestrians from being hurt.

The suspects fled on foot but were apprehended a short time later.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Melquiadez Ramirez. A passenger was identified as Sergio Pena Rodriguez. Both men face three counts of attempted homicide, among other charges.

The third suspect is a juvenile and has not been identified.