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Man arrested at Salt Lake airport after suspected carjacking

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • He told police he intended to "ram the vehicle into the airport"
  • The man is suspected of carjacking a vehicle from a major interstate
  • A witness called 911 and followed him to the airport

(CNN) -- A man suspected of carjacking a vehicle on an interstate in Utah was arrested Friday at Salt Lake City International Airport.

After he was taken into custody, police said the man, identified as Jose Rodriguez, 38, indicated he intended to "ram the vehicle into the airport."

The incident began about 8:30 a.m. when a man walked into the middle of Interstate 15 outside Salt Lake City and tried to get cars to stop, Trooper Todd Johnson of the Utah Highway Patrol told CNN.

"One individual tried to get him off the road, at which point the suspect showed his gun and took the vehicle," Johnson said.

A witness called 911 and followed the stolen vehicle to the airport, where authorities were standing by, Johnson said.

"I just witnessed a guy steal some other guy's car," the male witness told the 911 operator. "He was on the freeway, walking on the freeway."

The witness then provided a description of the vehicle along with a license plate number and gave authorities his exact location as he followed the GMC Yukon into the airport.

The SUV was stopped at the airport drop-off area and Rodriguez was taken into custody without incident, Johnson said.

CNN's Melanie Whitley contributed to this report