Salt Lake man charged with looting jewelry store, 7-Eleven during riot



SALT LAKE CITY — Criminal charges have been filed against a man accused of looting and vandalizing a downtown 7-Eleven store during a downtown Salt Lake riot on May 30.

The same man already faces numerous charges accusing him of assaulting a police officer during the riot, stealing an estimated $340,000 worth of jewelry from a downtown store during the riot, and robbing a woman at gunpoint in July, according to court documents.

Roger Nuankoo Dyujay, 21, of Salt Lake City, now faces additional charges of criminal mischief, a second-degree felony; burglary, a third-degree felony; and theft, a class B misdemeanor in the convenience store incident.

A protest on May 30 over the death of George Floyd started peacefully but turned violent and resulted in a police car being overturned and burned and several police officers injured by attacks from rioters. More than a dozen people have been charged in both state and federal court since that riot.

At one point during the riot, people began breaking windows at a 7-Eleven at 309 E. 400 South.

“The people then entered the store and began stealing cash and merchandise,” according to charging documents.

An employee locked himself in an office while this was happening. When he came out, the “store was fully destroyed,” the charges state.

Approximately $16,000 worth of merchandise was stolen and $8,000 in damage was caused to the windows, according to the charges.

Investigators reviewing store surveillance video determined that Dyujay broke out a window using a skateboard and then stole a bag of chips, the charges state.

Dyujay is also accused of participating in a robbery at Morgan Jewelers, 51 S. Main, that same night, according to charging documents. Several people used “scooters, skateboards, a fire extinguisher and a credit card machine to shatter the glass display case and steal the jewelry,” the charges state.

Police say surveillance video shows Dyujay shattering one display case with a rock and another with a fire extinguisher and taking jewelry, according to charging documents.

He was charged in July in 3rd District Court in that case with criminal mischief and theft, both first-degree felonies; and burglary, a second-degree felony. His next court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 30.

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