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911 tapes released in alleged Sandy TRAX station attack

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SANDY — Part of an alleged attack on a woman who had just gotten off a TRAX train in Sandy was caught on tape during the victim's call to 911.

"I'm actually in the middle of the field and I'm having a guy stalking me," the woman can be heard telling the dispatcher on the 911 recording. "He's thrown my shoe, he's held a knife to me."

At that point, there's the sound of a struggle and the woman yelling, "Hey!" Some of the phone's buttons are pressed, and then what sounds like someone running with the phone still connected to 911. The dispatcher is heard saying several times, "Hello? Hello, are you there?"

The 911 recording of an attack on a woman near the Sandy Civic Center TRAX platform, 115 E. Sego Lily Drive (9800 South), was released Friday.

On Wednesday, a 25-year-old woman, who was staying at a Sandy hotel, got off a TRAX train near 10000 South and State Street, across from Jordan High School, and started walking toward State Street.

Ten minutes later, another train pulled up at the platform and a man got out. Police say the man apparently caught up with the woman, grabbed her from behind in a bear hug and pulled her to the ground, said Sandy Police Sgt. Jon Arnold. The man then held a hunting knife to her and told her to be quiet, he said.

"I'm actually in the middle of the field and I'm having a guy stalking me. He's thrown my shoe, he's held a knife to me."

The woman told police she had a soda bottle in her pocket and used it to fight off the attacker. He grabbed her foot, but she ran out of her shoe to get away, Arnold said.

Just as the woman was calling 911 and had given her location, police say the man ran up behind her, grabbed the phone and ran away from the scene.

Most of the six-minute 911 recording is the apparent sound of the man running away from the scene, not realizing the phone was still connected with a 911 dispatcher. After the man attempts to dial a number, he hangs up the phone. The dispatcher attempts to call the number back several times, but no one answered.

Investigators on Friday were still trying to determine a motive for the attack. They were unsure if it was robbery, a sexual assault or something else. The man only got away with the woman's cellphone, and he did not make any sexual references or grope her, even when he tackled her to the ground, Arnold said.

"He didn't make any statements. He didn't tell her whether he was going to do anything," he said. "Even when he had the knife, he just said, 'Be quiet.'"

Anyone with information about the incident can call police at 801-840-4000.


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