Man arrested for allegedly raping woman at gunpoint

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SALT LAKE CITY — A man accused of raping an 18-year-old woman in his car at gunpoint was arrested by a Salt Lake police SWAT team Monday.

Brian Newton, 23, was taken into custody about 10 p.m. without incident after a SWAT team surrounded his house, 621 E. 700 South. He was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of rape, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping and sodomy.

Investigators say Newton was at a party on May 30 when the woman arrived with other friends. About 3 a.m., Newton asked the woman if she wanted to leave to get something to eat with him, said Salt Lake Police Sgt. Shawn Josephson.

But when the two were in Newton's car in a parking lot, Newton "put a gun to her head, choked her" and then raped the 18-year-old, according to a jail report. After the attack was over, Newton started driving back to the house where the party was held. At the first stop light, however, the woman jumped out of the car and ran home, Josephson said.

Police began an investigation and through several pieces of evidence, including forensic, were able to gather enough information to make an arrest Monday. Two guns were also found in Newton's home, according to court records.

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