ST. GEORGE – St. George Police officers pursued a man with known gang ties through a St. George neighborhood Saturday morning after the man fled for the second time from officers who were attempting to arrest him.
Thursday night, the St. George Police Department’s gang unit, along with responders from the U.S. Marshal Service and Adult Probation and Parole, arrived in the Green Valley area of St. George in an attempt to make contact with Aaron Michael Hukill, of St. George, who was wanted on a no-bail warrant for absconding from parole, said St. George Police Sgt. Johnny Heppler, who supervises the Fraudulent Identity and Securities Threat Unit, more commonly known as the gang unit. The gang unit responded on the warrant arrest because Hukill is a documented member of the Bloods gang; he belonged to a Bloods gang set that originated in the Green Valley area of St. George in approximately 2006, Heppler said.
“Since the arrest of several of the gang’s most prominent members, the gang has been inactive for a few years,” he said.
Hukill remains a documented Blood, and his criminal record includes an assault charge in 2012; a riot charge in 2011; drug possession in 2011; and felony drug charges in 2010 that included drug distribution and drug possession, according to court records. He has been on parole after serving jail time.
When the gang unit arrived at his home Thursday night, Hukill evaded officers, leaving the home through the back door. Officers were unable to apprehend him.
“He fled as we were arriving,” Heppler said.
On Saturday morning, the St. George Police Department received an anonymous tip regarding Hukill’s whereabouts. Because he had already fled Thursday, multiple police responders arrived to apprehend him Saturday, anticipating that he might run again, which he did.
“He ran from the police,” Heppler said. “They told him stop because he was wanted. They told him he was under arrest, and he took off running.”
Officers pursued Hukill on foot through a neighborhood in the Green Valley area of St. George, setting up a perimeter within a couple of blocks in an effort to detain him, St. George Police Lt. Joseph Hartman said. Officers were able to apprehend Hukill within about 30 minutes after they had responded to the area to bring him into custody, Hartman said.
Hukill was arrested and transported to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility. In addition to the no-bail warrant, he was booked on two new class A misdemeanor charges for failure to stop at an officer’s command and two class B misdemeanors for trespassing, due to the fact that he infringed on private property while running from police, Heppler said.
Hukill’s required bond for the new charges stands at $5,260, according to current bookings information at the time of this report.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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