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SLCPD Makes Another Arrest in Briar Rose Place Homicide Investigation

SALT LAKE CITY — This weekend, the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Homicide Squad arrested an 18-year-old in connection with an ongoing homicide investigation.

Preston Luke Olson is charged with one count of aggravated robbery resulting in serious bodily injury and one count of aggravated burglary.

This investigation started on Monday June 6, 2022 when Salt Lake City Police responded to a shooting at 1636 West Briar Rose Place.

Officers arrived on scene and located 19-year-old Anthony Wheatley inside an apartment unit with critical injuries resulting from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers immediately began lifesaving efforts, but Wheatley died on scene.

As previously released, detectives learned there was a plan between Wheatley, 18-year-old Erik Virgen and 20 year-old Malibu Rose Mawson and Olson to beat up and steal from one or both people living inside the apartment.

At some point, a fight broke out between several people inside the apartment. During that fight, multiple rounds were fired.

Olson is accused of being inside the apartment and took orders from Wheatley to start looking for stuff to steal.

Detectives continue to work with the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office to determine what, if any, additional criminal charges Olson, Mawson and Virgen could face.

No further information on this case is being released. Neither the PIO nor the On-Duty Watch Commander are available for interviews.

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