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Salt Lake City man in hostage incident charged with kidnapping

Published May 11, 2012 8:24 pm

Crime • Man accused of hitting woman in head, holding her daughter captive in home.
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A 59-year-old Salt Lake City man was charged with aggravated kidnapping for alledgedly barricading himself and a woman in a bathroom Thursday morning.

A woman told police she was sleeping at her home in the 1200 block of South Windsor when the man, who was staying with her, entered her room.

He told the woman he was making coffee and would give her a back rub, according to charging documents filed Friday in 3rd District Court. The man started rubbing her back, then began hitting her on the head with what was later determined to be a vodka bottle, charging documents state. The bottle broke and the woman was able to get away from the man and run to a neighbor's house for help, police said.

The woman's 21-year-old daughter, who was also in the house at the time, told police that she had just finished taking a shower when the man ran into the bathroom with a knife, court documents state.

The daughter yelled at the man to get out of the bathroom but he waved the knife, telling her to stop screaming or he was going to kill her, charging documents say.

The man refused to let the 21-year-old leave the bathroom, saying he planned to hold the knife to the woman's neck and walk out so police would shoot him, charging documents say.

Police and a SWAT team responded to the scene after a neighbor called when the mother of the 21-year-old showed up asking for help.

An officer who attempted to open the bathroom door said the man yelled, "I'll kill her if you come in here. I am ready to die today. I hope one of you is ready to take a shot when I come out," charging document say.

The three-hour standoff ended when officers entered the home and used a Taser to subdue the man. The 21-year-old was unharmed, but her mother suffered serious head injuries and was hospitalized.

The man was charged Friday with one count of aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony, and two counts of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony.

rorellana@sltrib.com