Teen Caught After Fleeing From Police In Stolen U-Haul

Murad Mansurovich Kurbanov was apprehended at an apartment complex on Dec. 25.

Murray, UT – An accused U-Haul thief is facing felony charges, after he allegedly fled from Unified police when they tried to pull him over on Christmas Day.

Murad Mansurovich Kurbanov, 19, has been charged with third-degree felony failure to stop or respond at the command of police, second-degree felony theft of a rental vehicle, and misdemeanor reckless driving, the Gephardt Daily reported.

The brief chase began at approximately 9:30 a.m., after a Unified Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson spotted a 2018 Ford U-Haul van speeding through multiple red lights and illegally passing several other vehicles, according to KUTV.

“The driver started to get nervous, and when they lit him up, went to pull him over for a stop, he fled and he blew the light," Unified Police Sergeant Nicholas Roberts said.

"Our units discontinued the chase. We did not pursue," Sgt. Roberts added.

Police later received a report that the same vehicle was seen driving recklessly in another area of the city, and that the male driver had bailed out and ran into a nearby apartment complex, the Gebhardt Daily reported.

Officer Nelson responded to the complex and located a man who matched the suspect’s description sitting on a flight of stairs, according to KUTV.

The suspect, later identified as Kurbanov, told Officer Nelson that he was just there visiting a friend.

“The male stated he was there to visit a friend in apartment 13,” the officer wrote in the probable cause affidavit, according to the Gebhardt Daily. “I walked the male to the floor he said he was visiting and he then said it was apartment 9, not 13.”

“The male knocked on the door and nobody answered. The male then said his friend wasn’t home but that he was just waiting there for him to arrive,” the officer wrote. “The male could not provide a phone number or way to contact the supposed friend he was visiting.”

Investigators determined that the U-Haul was supposed to have returned to the company on Dec. 14, and that it was therefore a stolen vehicle under Utah law.

Kurbanov was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail, where his bail was set at $10,000.

Comments (15)
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angeleyes
angeleyes

teen?

Helen Hendrickson
Helen Hendrickson

Sure looks a lot older than 19!

CrimeDoc
CrimeDoc

Are you sure we have the right mug shot?

dave71
dave71

19 my hairy asshole, no way that dude is 19, 29 maybe. But probably claimed he was 17 to use DACA to get into the country.

Danimyl
Danimyl

He just needed it to pack full of explosives

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

Man, he's gonna look rough when he hits 40.

Rowdyone*
Rowdyone*

19 my a$$, he's at least 30!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Great job terminating the pursuit, getting the bad guy later and keeping the public safe!

stp479
stp479

Looks like the European migrants who are 30 and claiming 14 to get full benefits, including access to underage girls in school.

Blue Ocean1
Blue Ocean1

If that guy is 19!! I'm still 29...

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

That's what clean living makes you look like!