Utah man charged with kidnapping and assaulting his girlfriend because she wouldn’t say ‘I do’

He wanted her to make the “right” decision and marry him.

The Salt Lake Tribune

A West Jordan man has been charged with kidnapping and assault for allegedly holding his girlfriend against her will, striking her and threatening to kill her unless she “made the right decision” and agreed to marry him.

According to the charges, on Saturday the woman told police the suspect held her against her will for about six hours, refusing to let her get out of his vehicle and threatening to kill her. She said he grabbed her wrists “extremely hard” and said he would “strangle her to death” unless she said she would marry him.

The woman said the suspect told her that if she left him and returned to her family, he would be “an agent of the devil and make her life a living hell,” according to the charges. When she screamed for help, the suspect hit her in the face.

According to the charges, after she kicked and broke the windshield, the suspect let her go — and then followed her and called her more than 55 times.

The man was charged in 3rd District Court with kidnapping, a second-degree felony; and assault, making threats of violence, and electronic communication harassment, all class B misdemeanors.

According to police, the suspect said he got into an argument with his girlfriend and he hit her and grabbed her wrists, but he couldn’t remember if he threatened her because he “blacked out” and couldn’t remember everything that happened.

The suspect was released on $5,000 bail. One of the conditions of his bail is that he have no contact with the woman. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 10.