Utah murder suspect joins nephew in Salt Lake City robbery

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) — The nephew of a man convicted in a double murder case that rocked Utah in 2020 has been arrested for stealing a 7-Eleven.

The suspect, Albert Enoch Johnson, was originally charged in 2020 in 3rd District Court with two counts of first-degree felony aggravated murder, two counts of first-degree felony aggravated robbery and two counts of first-degree felony aggravated robbery. kidnapping degree aggravated in the deaths of Tony and Katherine Butterfield.

According to police records, the Butterfields were found shot dead at their home in western Jordan after police responded to their residence near 3300 West 6920 South on April 18, 2020 to a report of gunshots and a screaming woman. When officers arrived, they located the body of Tony Butterfield in the backyard and the body of his wife, Katherine Butterfield, inside the house.

In recent news, Johnson’s nephew Hugo Vaavale is facing one count of first-degree robbery after he allegedly stole a 7-Eleven on September 7, 2021.

According to police records, officers were dispatched to 7-Eleven located at 9657 South State Street in Salt Lake City following reports of an armed robbery.

The store manager told officers he heard the store door open and saw three men, all Polynesians, enter. Records indicate that one of the men had a shotgun while another had a handgun. The store manager opened the two tills as the gunmen allegedly yelled at him not to move. The suspects wore masks or scarves covering their faces, and one allegedly stole cash, cigarettes and a pair of gloves totaling $160.

After surveillance footage of the robbery emerged, an individual contacted police and identified the shooter as Johnson of the 2020 Butterfield murders.

Police documents indicate that Johnson’s wife, Sina, confirmed that Johnson was in fact one of the men who committed the robbery of 7-Eleven, along with her nephew, Vaavale.

At present, Vaavale is being held without bail.

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