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Assault suspect surrenders after standoff

By Pat Reavy | Posted - Jul. 3, 2012 at 1:11 p.m.


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SANDY — A seven-hour standoff with a man who police say assaulted a woman and threatened her with a gun ended early Tuesday.

Robert Baker, 32, was arrested and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping and drug possession.

Police say a woman went to Baker's home, near 950 East and 9400 South, Monday evening. The woman told police she and Baker were co-workers, said Sandy Police Sgt. John Arnold. There were other friends and co-workers also present at the house.

About 7 p.m., the woman said she fell asleep. She was violently awakened about 10:30 p.m. when Baker started punching and beating her, Arnold said. The woman and Baker were the only ones left in the house at that time.

"She had been at the co-worker's home, had fallen asleep, she woke up to the co-worker physically assaulting her," Arnold said.

Baker got a handgun, pointed it at the woman several times and then fired a round into the ceiling, according to Arnold.

At some point, the woman was allowed to go free. She ran to a neighbor's house where she called 911, Arnold said. When police arrived, Baker refused to come out of the house. Because a gun had been used in the incident, a SWAT team was called to surround the house.

After Baker refused to negotiate with officers, just before 5 a.m. Tuesday the SWAT team used an explosive device to blow open the front door. The man then came out and surrendered before the team entered.

The woman was taken to a local hospital for X-rays and to be treated for various injuries, Arnold said.

Why Baker allegedly took the woman hostage and assaulted her was unknown Tuesday, Arnold said.

Contributing: Shara Park

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