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Park City man arrested in assault of woman over 'very harrowing 3 days'

(Summit County Sheriff's Office)



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PARK CITY — A Park City man who police say held a woman hostage and beat her for three days has been arrested.

"She suffered what appears to be a very harrowing three days, being held against her will, being held captive, the victim of multiple assaults," Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez said of the woman.

Jason Richard Stone, 47, was booked into the Summit County Jail on Monday for investigation of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault, witness tampering and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Just before 4:30 a.m. Monday, 911 dispatchers received a call from a 45-year-old woman who said she had just escaped from a residence where she had been "tied up, duct taped and assaulted for three days," according to the sheriff's office.

As detectives looked further into the case, they found out that the woman, who had been involved in an "on-and-off relationship" with Stone since February, had voluntarily gone camping with him Friday, Martinez said.

At some point during the trip, the woman's stay was no longer voluntary, he said.

"It turned into a situation where she was being physically abused, and then she was being held against her will, and she was not free to leave while, over the next few days, he continued to beat her," Martinez said.

The two returned Sunday night to Summit County where Stone put the woman in an upstairs room and "barricaded" the door so she couldn't leave, the sheriff said.

Early Monday, the woman was able to escape by jumping from the second-story window and going to a local business to call 911.

Deputies found the woman with black eyes, cut lips, and bruising and swelling on her face and took her to a local hospital for treatment.

Stone was later located by deputies and arrested. Martinez said investigators were still trying to determine Wednesday what triggered the man's outrage.

According to court records, Stone was charged in May with assault, a class B misdemeanor, in Summit County Justice Court in a domestic violence-related incident. Later that month, he filed for a stalking injunction against a woman, but a judge denied that request, saying the woman was only retrieving her possessions from his residence and that it did not constitute "psychological suffering."

It was not immediately known Wednesday whether the same woman was involved in the assault case and stalking request, or whether she was also the woman in the alleged kidnapping.

But Martinez, who did not release the woman's identity, said deputies have responded to a prior incident of domestic violence between Stone and the woman. He also said that the witness tampering charge is connected to a prior incident.

"He had basically said, ‘I want you to write an affidavit claiming I did not assault you in the previous claim, or I will beat you again,'" Martinez said.

Another woman filed for divorce from Stone in 2011 and later requested a protective order from the court against him, according to court records.

Pat Reavy

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