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Cops: Man broke into home, assaulted and kidnapped estranged girlfriend

Published September 27, 2012 10:59 am

Brandishes ice pick • Homeowner, son threatened, woman allegedly beaten,
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Police have arrested a 40-year-old man who allegedly broke into a northwest Salt Lake City home, assaulted several people and abducted his estranged girlfriend.

Salt Lake City police Detective Josh Ashdown said the incident began about 10 a.m. Wednesday when the man allegedly forced his way into a home near 800 West and 400 North. His live-in girlfriend, 42, had apparently taken refuge with friends at the residence.

"He got into a fight there with the homeowner and the homeowner's son and at one point threatened them with an ice pick," Ashdown said. "He took [the woman] back to their home and wouldn't allow her to leave."

However, the woman managed to flee through a bathroom window and called 911.

Ashdown said when officers arrived they found the woman appeared to have been assaulted and was suffering numerous bruises. She refused, however, to be taken to the hospital for examination.

The suspect was taken into custody at the residence and booked into Salt Lake County jail, where he was being held without bail Thursday on suspicion of first-degree felony aggravated kidnapping, second-degree felony aggravated assault and first-degree felony aggravated burglary.

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