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Woman allegedly taken against will; multi-county chase ensues

By Andrew Wittenberg | Posted - Jul 24th, 2013 @ 10:07pm


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SALT LAKE CITY — Two people are in custody after allegedly taking a woman against her will and assaulting her.

The two suspects, described by police as a hispanic male and caucasian female, allegedly took a 20-year-old woman. Police say the woman was taken outside a McDonald's downtown Salt Lake City near 200 W. 500 South at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

"Officers were alerted to a possible kidnapping that occurred," said Lt. Josh Scharman with the Salt Lake City Police Department.

The three then took I-80 eastbound toward Park City. Scharman said the woman was assaulted during the car trip, but she was able to escape.

"During the course of that commute to Park City, there was an assault that occurred and the victim was able to escape," Scharman said. "Some citizens were able to call 911 and help facilitate her escape."

Summit County police responded to the call and attempted to locate the suspects' vehicle. Thanks to those who helped the victim escape, police were able to get a good description of the truck the suspects were driving.

A chase then ensued for the vehicle as it headed back to Salt Lake City. A trooper spotted the vehicle as it came up over Parley's Summit.

"He then followed the vehicle back down the canyon at a little bit of a distance," said Lt. Randall Richey with the Utah Highway Patrol.


During the course of that commute to Park City, there was an assault that occurred and the victim was able to escape. Some citizens were able to call 911 and help facilitate her escape.

–Lt. Josh Scharman


After speeding through Parley's Canyon, the suspects exited to I-215 and got off at the first exit, 3300 South. Richey said the vehicle then crashed into two other vehicles.

The male suspect drove into a cul-de-sac near 2300 East, exited the car and fled on foot. His accomplice, on the other hand, surrendered to police. Police then chased after the male suspect.

"Once he realized the officers were on him and the canine was there, he gave himself up," Richey said.

While the two suspects' motive is unclear, Scharman said the victim is in stable condition. Three separate entities will be involved in the investigation: Summit County, Salt Lake City and UHP.

"We will coordinate with Summit County and other outside agencies to determine what happened," Scharman said.

Contributing: Cait Orton

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