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SLCPD Detectives Arrest Downtown Homicide Suspect

SALT LAKE CITY — Members of the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT) and SWAT Team have safely arrested 23-year-old Michael Trevino.

Trevino is accused of shooting and killing 35-year-old Anetone Simanu.

This investigation started at 4:04 a.m. on Sunday, September 3, 2023, when SLC911 received a 9-1-1 call about a person being shot at 128 West 300 South.

Officers arrived on scene within two minutes and found community members performing life-saving efforts on a man, later identified as Simanu.

Officers took over life-saving efforts, but Simanu died on scene.

The shooting happened in a parking lot in between Pierpont Avenue and 300 South.

Throughout the week, detectives with the Salt Lake City Police Department have conducted extensive work on this case which led them to identifying Trevino as the alleged shooter.

At 6:42 p.m. on Thursday, September 7, 2023, SLCPD VCAT detectives found Trevino at an apartment complex near 500 South Redwood Road.

VCAT detectives and members of the SLCPD’s SWAT Team safely took Trevino into custody.

Officers booked Trevino into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on charges of murder and obstruction of justice.

No photos from the arrest scene are available.

This case marked the 12th homicide in Salt Lake City for 2023.

Anyone with information about Trevino or this case is asked to call 801-799-3000.

A Public Information Officer (PIO) will be available for media interviews on Friday, September 8, 2023. To schedule an interview, after 10 a.m., please contact the SLCPD PR Unit.

Charges are only allegations, and every arrested person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Salt Lake City Police Department is not the custodian of record for jail booking photos. Utah Code 17-22-30 mostly prohibits the release of jail booking photos. Generally, a jail booking photo can only be released by the custodian of record after a conviction or when law enforcement determines the person is a fugitive or an imminent threat to a person or public safety. In Salt Lake City, the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office is the custodian of record for jail booking photos.

The SLCPD Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT) is a specialty unit within the department responsible for combating violent crime, by identifying and apprehending violent criminals and fugitives.  This unit works under the SLCPD Special Operations Division but also works closely with the Investigations, Patrol and Data and Research divisions to identify and direct targeted enforcement of hot spot areas and areas of rising violent crime.