A candidate for the state Legislature is accused of attacking and kidnapping a man.
Mark E. Byrge, 43, who is a Democratic state House candidate, was charged Monday with first-degree felony aggravated kidnapping, third-degree felony aggravated assault and second-degree felony obstructing justice in connection to a dispute that allegedly occurred June 1 at Byrge's house in American Fork.
According to court documents, a man went to Byrge's house and argued with Byrge at the front door over money Byrge was owed for prescription pain medication he had given to the man's girlfriend. Byrge struck the man in the face with a walking cane, and the man pulled Byrge off the front porch on top of him, police wrote. Byrge then "pulled out a pistol, racked a round into the chamber, hit the man in the face with the pistol, held it at the man's head and compelled [the] man to enter his house," police wrote.