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Police: Utah babysitter holds teens hostage after they finish her vodka

By Carter Williams | Posted - Jun. 16, 2016 at 10:19 p.m.



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HOOPER — A babysitter in Hooper was arrested Saturday after a bizarre incident in which police allege she held the individuals she was watching against their will for drinking her vodka.

According to the Weber County Sheriff's Office, Brittani Robinson, 30, was arrested on suspicion of unlawful detention, threats of violence, robbery, intoxication, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police said Robinson was watching her 15- and 17-year-old nephews and the two nephews invited over friends, where police allege Robinson supplied the group with beer and vodka.

Officials said later in the evening, Robinson noticed that the group had consumed all of her vodka and confronted the teens, “threatening to shoot and kill them.”

Officials allege that Robinson then ordered four of the teens into a garage, where she continued to threaten to assault them if they didn’t pay her back for the vodka.

“She told them they couldn’t leave and they were now her slaves for drinking all of the alcohol,” according to a press release.

Officials said she then forced the teen to take out their wallets and give her all their money or she would “break their faces.”

The teens were held hostage for four to five hours before one of the boys escaped out of a window and called family members, police said.

When police arrived, officials said they found the other three in the garage and also found marijuana and paraphernalia in Robinson’s possession.

Police said that none of the boys were harmed in the incident.

It was unknown Thursday if Robinson had obtained any legal representation.

Carter Williams

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