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Man shows ‘complete disregard,’ police say, in crashing stolen car into house

Sep 14, 2015 12:20AM ● By Rhett Wilkinson

A car was crashed into a house by Marcus “Bigfoot” Melvin, who incurred multiple new felony charges. Passengers were Morgan Winger and Mary Krmzyan. Photo courtesy Unified Police Department

By Rhett Wilkinson

A man who crashed a stolen car into a house drove with “complete disregard for anything or anyone” – and police weren’t even pursuing him, police said.

Marcus “Bigfoot” Melvin, 33, also exaggerated his injuries in an effort to avoid jail. He was already a parole violator, Lt. Lex Bell said.

An officer spotted the stolen car near 7800 South and Redwood Road around 3 a.m. Thursday and followed at a distance. Then the driver sped off after seeing the officer and merged onto eastbound I-215, Bell said.

A gang detective in an unmarked car spotted the car again getting off State Street and heading south before turning onto 6790 South.

The detective turned onto 6790 South and eventually found the car. It crashed into the front room of a home at 6789 S. 300 East.

Two adults were inside the home at the time but were unharmed.

Melvin escaped out a side door of the home before the detective arrived, but police arrested his two passengers, Morgan Winger, 30, and Mary Krmzyan, 29.

The homeowner spotted him at 6:40 a.m. hiding on the roof of a tall shed. Melvin jumped off the shed and ran, but was quickly caught and arrested, police said.

After a hospital evaluation, Melvin was transported to the Utah State Prison for parole violations. Winger and Krmzyan were set to be admitted into Salt Lake County Jail, though Krmzyan asked to be taken first to a hospital for psychological concerns per her request, Bell said.

A gun wrapped in a blue bandana may have been thrown from the vehicle somewhere along I-215, police said. Officers searched for the gun and requested that anyone who finds a firearm in the area not touch it and call Unified police at 801-743-7000.

Investigators evaluated the scene and Midvale city engineer assessed the home.